MORE than 40 sick children staying in Armadale Kelmscott District Memorial Hospital will have a beautiful ‘get well soon’ letter to read and soft toy to cuddle after some random acts of kindness from Forrestdale Primary School students.
Forrestdale’s Cloud 9 Club was formed earlier this year to give a class of Year 3 and 4 students the chance to spread happiness in the local community through random acts of kindness.
Last week staff at the hospital’s paediatrics ward were surprised to find a tub full of more than 40 soft toys and handwritten letters from the students, who asked for them to be handed out to sick young children in need of something to cuddle.
Armadale Kelmscott District Memorial Hospital paediatrician Sarah Skeldon said it was an amazing gesture that had really touched the staff, especially when they found out the toys had been purchased with the students’ own pocket money.
“I’ve seen some photos of a little girl who was given a toy and a card and she was very happy,” she said.
“The little girl was overjoyed and she’s already written back to thank the school.
“This time of year as well, for children ending up in hospital in the run up to Christmas, having something that we can give them to brighten their time here is fantastic.”
Staff development officer Michelle Hyde said the staff were also benefiting from the dose of happiness they received from passing on the gifts to the patients.
Students said it was important for them to do random acts of kindness for other people.
“It’s important so there are more happy people than sad and so the world can be a little better,” Chloe Knowles (10) said.
“I think it’s good because it’s great to see their reaction when you give them stuff and don’t want anything in return,” Taylor Murrell (10) said.
Forrestdale PS teacher Anna Fletcher said the club was originally started as part of her mental health and wellbeing program but the children had taken to the concept so quickly they were also doing random acts of kindness on their own time and during school holidays.
Some of Forrestdale PS’s random acts of kindness
-Handing out vouchers, baked goods and flowers to people they met around the City of Armadale.
-Surprising Armadale Police Station with a hamper
-Visiting Opal Aged Care to sing songs for the residents
-Setting up a ‘free hugs’ station at their school