Bear Fair a chance to give back to hospital

Mason Jones (3) at the Stitches Bear Fair. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d414419
Mason Jones (3) at the Stitches Bear Fair. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d414419

Michelle Jones said her husband spent his first Father’s Day in the intensive care unit watching over their new-born son Lewis.

‘Lewis (7) had open heart surgery at three months old and spent the first six months of his life at PMH’s infant ward,’ Mrs Jones said.

‘My daughter Athena (4) had hernia surgery and now my little one Mason (3) has just been diagnosed with autism and will be visiting PMH a lot.

‘This fair is really wonderful because it shows him that hospitals aren’t scary places.’

PMH Foundation communications manager Janmarie Michie said the annual fair gave much-needed respite to about 600 sick children and family members.

‘It is no fun being stuck in hospital and it’s even worse during the school holidays for these kids,’ she said.

‘No one is going to look at them funny if they are in a wheelchair or have an IV, so it’s a very safe environment.’

Wanneroo IGA co-owner Robin Grant said IGA Supermarkets sponsored $30,000 to the Stitches Bear Fair.

‘It is fantastic to be here and see the smiles on the kids’ faces,’ Mr Grant said.