If they could talk, babies at Bundaberg Hospital’s special care nursery would be thanking two local mums who have helped buy equipment for the ward.
Alysha Wise and Tammy Maata held at cent sale last December for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation as a thank you for the wonderful care they had received from the maternity department.
And this week they were able to see first hand how the money had been spent to help babies in the Special Care Nursery. A total of $1648.10 was raised at the cent sale which has been used to buy six incubator covers and six nesting aids for newborns – something the nursery has never had.
The incuabator covers decrease the light and any bright distractions while the nesting aids mimic the mother’s womb and help contain the baby which improves neurological development.
One of the aims of the Foundation is to raise money for the extras (non-government funded equipment) which can make a real difference to patient care at the hospital and that is exactly what these two ladies have achieved, Board Chairman Janet Tallon said.
Ms Wise, mother of three premmie children, said we just want to do something to help the ward and the babies and we can see these pieces of equipment will be put to good use.
“It’s terrific knowing that so many babies will benefit, it’s a great feeling knowing you’ve helped buy things which will help so many in the future,’’ Ms Maata said.
Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said the Foundation was the fundraising arm of the hospital and was able to assist individuals, community groups or businesses that wanted to hold a fundraiser.
A fundraising register has been established by the Foundation to ensure people in the community know that a particular event or person seeking donations is legitimately working in conjunction with the Foundation. For more information telephone the Foundation on 4150 2863.