To help keep kids warm and well this winter, Wellington Hospitals Foundation has launched its annual Jammies in June Appeal. Please DONATE ONLINE @whf.org.nz and for $20 we can buy a pair of cosy new PJs on your behalf.
Respiratory conditions are a leading cause of acute admissions to hospital for children and Wellington’s Te Wao Nui Child Health Service sees a significant increase in the number of children who are admitted to hospital over the winter months – many of them arriving without a pair of pyjamas.
The hospital’s community nursing teams also frequently visit children in homes that are crowded, cold and damp, leaving young children even more vulnerable to complications from asthma, bronchitis and other nasty respiratory infections.
Bill Day, Chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation said, “Community support for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation’s annual Pyjama Appeal has always been incredible. Some kiwi families are doing it really tough and there are many sick kids seen at home by our community nursing teams who have never even owned a pair of pyjamas. Other kids are unexpectedly raced into hospital on cold winter nights with little or no notice. It’s scary for kids, and having a warm pair of clean pyjamas to change into makes a huge difference to our tamariki, rangatahi and whānau. This year, your $20 donation to our Jammies in June Appeal will allow us to better target the sizes needed as children are seen over the next few months.”