Last year 53 staff, family and friends from Box Hill Hospital banded together to raise funds for toys and equipment for the Children’s Ward, with the goal of making kid’s time in hospital a little more comfortable and fun.

Thanks to generous support from the community, their dream is now a reality.

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After streaming past their original goal, they were able to purchase much more than expected and have since added a raft of additions to the ward including a nitrous machine, art and craft supplies and outdoor play equipment. The ward also plans to construct a sensory wall in the near future.

The most popular item purchased so far has been an electric car used to transport patients around the hospital.

Heading into hospital can be daunting, even for grownups, so for our littlest patients, distractions like the car can take their mind off this unfamiliar environment and help them get home sooner.

Thank you to all those who contributed to this cause. Your donations are having a profound impact on the experience of children and their parents in Box Hill Hospital.