Whanau-friendly room gets make-over

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - VIR­GINIA WINDER

The par­ents’ room at Taranaki Base Hos­pi­tal is get­ting a much­needed makeover with help from some ren­o­va­tion stars.

Fur­ni­ture and home de­sign store RJ Ea­gar is pro­vid­ing the big-ticket items for the project and style ad­vice for the par­ent zone has been shared by Cat Glass and Jeremy Hill, who were on The Block TV show in 2015.

The room, used by vis­i­tors and staff for breast­feed­ing and bot­tle­feed­ing and by par­ents with young chil­dren, is in ur­gent need of re­fur­bish­ment, says Taranaki Health Foun­da­tion gen­eral man­ager Bry Kopu.

The foun­da­tion and hos­pi­tal project team are part­ner­ing to cre­ate a whanau-friendly space with new paint, car­pet, blinds and lighting and fur­ni­ture.

Be­hind the up­grade is the project team led by Mary Bird and sup­ported by Deb­bie Wright, Philip Ol­ck­ers and whanau rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris­tine Stry­dom.

Kopu said se­cur­ing busi­ness spon­sor­ship had meant many of the more ex­pen­sive items had been achieved in one swoop, with RJ Ea­gar pro­vid­ing and lay­ing new car­pet­ing tiles, do­nat­ing a Laz­i­boy and two-seater couch, plus win­dow and door treat­ments.

‘‘We are so thrilled to be able to con­nect Taranaki busi­nesses to wor­thy causes, so it is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one,’’ she says.

‘‘RJ Ea­gar’s gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship has made this project a re­al­ity and we are very grate­ful for their en­thu­si­asm.

‘‘It is won­der­ful that whanau and vis­i­tors will have a calm, fam­ily friendly space to take their chil­dren.’’

Di­rec­tor Michael Ea­gar said the New Ply­mouth and Strat­ford busi­ness be­lieved it was great to sup­port projects like this.

He’s de­lighted to help pro­vide new moth­ers with a nice en­vi­ron­ment to feed their ba­bies and share this with part­ners.

‘‘It’s an im­por­tant time when they are new mums.’’

The new par­ent zone will be on Level 2 at Taranaki Base Hos­pi­tal ad­ja­cent to the cor­po­rate en­trance and sur­gi­cal out­pa­tients.


Get­ting be­hind the par­ents’ room up­grade are, from left, Natasha NunesVaz from RJ Ea­gar, Bry Kopu, Deb­bie Wright and Mary Bird.

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