A message from our CEO on COVID-19

A note from Jane Scotcher, CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation

On Wednesday 25 March the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation (WCH Foundation) celebrated its inaugural Superhero Day. The day was dedicated to paying tribute to the patients, their families and healthcare workers – the everyday heroes – of your Hospital.

Like how so many aspects of our lives have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for Superhero Day were altered with primary schools postponing their involvement. However, 1000 pre-schoolers and their educators continued to dress-up as their favourite superhero character and share what it means to be a hero.

Children and their educators at Emali Littlehampton joined in on Superhero Day!

I am sure you agree with me wholeheartedly that now more than ever is the perfect time to celebrate our healthcare heroes.

With your ongoing support, the WCH Foundation will ensure that the priority needs of your Hospital, its healthcare workers and patients will be met in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the other illnesses and injuries children endure.

How your support helps Hospital patients, their families and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

We are working with the Hospital to provide additional support in response to the COVID-19 crisis including funding for COVID-19 research and several initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable children and their families, which we look forward to sharing with you.

There are also initiatives we have already put in place including:

  • Greater financial support to vulnerable families: Thanks to community donations each year the WCH Foundation commits tens of thousands of dollars to provide short-term financial assistance for families in crisis to assist them in covering the costs of meals, funerals, transport and accommodation. With the increased financial strain due to COVID-19, we are committed to increasing our support through our Family Support Fund to help more families.
  • Helping to alleviate stress patients and their families feel: Due to heightened infection prevention measures in the Hospital, play items for children have been removed from waiting areas. We are working with Play Therapists to supply single-use individual activity packs for children. These packs include activity and colouring-in books and pencils, packs of cards and small games. Having access to play is key for patients and their families, it is proven to improve health and wellbeing, and alleviate stress, which is much needed at a time like this.

 

With the continued support of our WCH Foundation community, together we can ensure the Hospital provides the greatest care for sick children during these unprecedented times.

From everyone at the WCH Foundation, we wish you and your loved ones all the best.

Jane Scotcher
Chief Executive Officer
Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation

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