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Pyjamas Bring Winter Comfort to Children’s Ward


Winter has kicked in but patients at Whangarei Hospital’s Children’s Ward will be feeling a whole lot snugger at night, thanks to the donation of 133 pairs of new pyjamas.

The Girls Together group – comprising 80 ladies – from the Causeway Church at Mangawhai between them purchased 133 pairs of new pyjamas and 47 singlets for children in need at the ward. The ward caters for ages 0-16 and pyjamas in all sizes were donated.

Five-year-old patient Lewis Watene was spoilt for choice when he was the first patient to choose from the range featuring frogs, hearts, aeroplanes, cats and polka dots, to name a few.

After some deliberation he chose the aeroplanes.

Maternal and child health services operations manager Yvonne Hunter was passing by as the pyjamas were being presented.

“This is amazing, thank you so much,” she said to the Girls Together representatives Lauraine Sloane and Gale Matheson.

The pair explained that the group had wanted to do something that reached the local children.

“At the moment we’re out there buying pyjamas for our own children and if we buy an extra pair or two it can make a difference,” said Ms Sloane.

Play Specialists Karen Parker and Joan Livingstone said the pyjamas will go to children and young people who are hospitalised this winter.

“Not only have (the Girls Together group) blown us away with the donation of so many pairs of brand new pyjamas, they want to do more,” said Ms Parker. “A local group of knitters is also making beanies and some want to donate slippers. It has been awesome to see such an amazing community spirit.”



Girls Together representatives Gale Matheson, Lauraine Sloane and play specialist Joan Livingstone with pyjama recipient Lewis Watene. It was a big decision for young Lewis Watene who eventually chose the pyjamas with aeroplanes.








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