Easter joy for patients

Werribee Hospital Foundation chief executive Leanne Down with some of the donated Easter goods. Photo: Supplied. 207451_01

By Alesha Capone

A special Easter delivery arrived at Werribee Mercy Hospital last week.

Volunteers from the Werribee Hospital Foundation gathered Easter treats, which were distributed throughout the hospital’s Paediatric Department and Special Care Nursery.

The Easter treats, which were donated by Werribee supermarkets, were given to hospital staff, patients and families.

Werribee Hospital Foundation chief executive Leanne Down and community fundraising manager Lisa Field presented the donations to the hospital last Wednesday.

“The Easter bunny wanted to ensure that children waking up on Easter Sunday still received their Easter Eggs,” Ms Down said.

Pacific Werribee also donated a car full of items including coffee machines, kettles, sandwich presses, toiletries, food hamper, candles and chocolates to Werribee Mercy Hospital and Mercy Place Wyndham Residential Aged Care earlier this month.

Pacific Werribee centre manager, Patricia Gardiner, said she was extremely proud that Pacific Werribee had been able to make the donation to healthcare staff.

“We are in awe of what our health workers are doing to help tackle this pandemic, and we wanted to do something practical that would help them through their shifts,” Ms Gardiner said.

As well, the team from Hoppers Crossing Shopping Centre and Bakers Delight delivered 144 hot cross buns to residents and frontline staff at Mercy Place Wyndham Residential Aged Care.

Mercy Place’s service manager Jim Cotter said he wanted to express “heartfelt thank you” for the donated goods.

He said that they had been “warmly welcomed” by staff and residents.