Northland Community Foundation

Whangarei Children's Ward Refurbishment

With your support, we can go above and beyond the traditional clinical setting, which is more conducive to the care and environment we want to provide for our tamariki in Whangarei Hospital.
raised of NZ$561,019 target
RCN 87476340

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We know that tamariki who are welcomed and looked after in a caring, calm, supportive environment when they are in hospital are less likely to regress in their health, which makes for a quicker recovery back to good health, and less stressful experience. This is something we would all want for our tamariki should they be in this situation.

The purpose of campaign is to ensure that every child who becomes a patient at Whangarei Hospital benefits fully from a calm and supportive environment.

Donations will provide items such as comfortable chairs and beds for patients and caregivers, distraction devices (interactive wall designs, feature ceiling and wall panels, graphite wall wraps, treatment room monitors, TVs for patient rooms, special learning equipment, laptops, gaming consoles), upgraded furniture, new whiteware, Te Reo Maaori resources (wall decals, books, and games) and additional paediatric medical equipment, specifically designed to support the clinical needs of our tamariki in their care.

This in turn will have the added benefit of helping to reduce the pressure on an already stretched health system and the purchase of beds for caregivers will be able to provide a comfortable sleeping environment for whaanau a ngaa tamariki enabling them to stay together during the childs stay in hospital.

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand has undertaken extensive research into the importance of the environment in which tamariki and adolescents are cared for whilst in hospital. It is critical that the environment is appropriate for both age and stage of development, from infant through to adolescence and that the physical environment is designed, furnished and decorated appropriately to meet these needs and those of their whaanau. This is why we need your support to both meet and exceed these needs for all our tamariki.

Here are some ways your donation could make a difference...

$20 could buy a sensory/fidget toy to distract a child from an uncomfortable procedure

$50 could buy a Lego set or board game to reduce boredom and anxiety

$160 could buy a chair for visiting whanau to take a break

$500 could buy a baby bottle steriliser

$1,000 could buy a lounge chair to allow a sick child to sit comfortably while resting or playing

$2,000 could buy an apnoea monitor to monitor breathing in premature infants and at-risk babies

$2,758 could buy a convertible armchair/bed to allow a child's caregiver to rest alongside them

$4,000 could buy a humidifier to provide heated and moist oxygen for babies who require respiratory support

The Northland DHB is focusing significant resources on building a new Whangarei Hospital, which will bring many benefits to all the people of Northland in their care. They are also developing the second stage of Te Kotuku (Maternity Unit), building on another floor and shifting Paediatrics and Special Care Baby Unit to the second floor and the laboratory to the third floor. This does mean that funding for the extra layer of care and support that our tamariki need must be found elsewhere. We need your support to upgrade the Childrens Ward to make it the calm, welcoming environment that provides that higher quality of care that our tamariki need.

For more information and the full Case for Support and full Equipment List go to the Northland Community Foundation website here:

About the charity

The Northland Community Foundation is a charitable Foundation established for Northland, our people and our causes that are important to us. The Foundation invests funds on behalf of people, charities or businesses that would like to donate back to Northland charitable causes forever. We invest the funds with our local investment advisors, Craigs Investment Partners, and deliver the interest back to the chosen charitable cause each year. This creates a legacy for the donor and the chosen charity. The Foundation also provides ‘Living Giving’ options for donors including direct donations to charitable causes, and payroll giving. The Northland Foundation is a member of Community Foundations NZ and the Fundraising Institute of NZ. We have established endowment funds with the Northland District Health Board, Sport Northland, Volunteering Northland, and many more. Read more about our local funds here: Read about a fund setup by one of our extraordinary donors’ – Carlos Reed, supporting youth at Otangarei School Northland Community Foundation (NCF) has been supported during these years by The Tindall Foundation and Northland District Health Board. Many people will know NCF through its major fundraising work for Project Promise, the Cancer Centre for Northland.

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