Santa the best medicine

Courtney Swan with 13-month-old Albert Anikpi. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d447877
Courtney Swan with 13-month-old Albert Anikpi. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d447877

SANTA Claus delivered teddy bears to patients in the paediatrics ward at Joondalup Health Campus this month.

Accompanied by an elf and crafty helpers from Bunnings in Joondalup, Santa said hello to children and babies to cheer them up while they received a variety of treatments before the festive season.

Among those he met were Girrawheen toddler Albert Anikpi, who was in for day surgery, and Tapping six-week-old Mason.

Mason’s mother Chantal Moore said he had a viral infection but she hoped to be home soon to prepare for the holiday season and visiting family.

The Tapping resident said her older son Chase (1) had been excited about Christmas this year as he understood more

“It’s very busy and very hectic with two young kids,” she said.

“My sister is here from England – I haven’t seen her for six years; she hasn’t met either of them.”

Clinical nurse manager Linda Harris said the hardware store staff and Santa visited every year and held craft workshops, as well as delivering teddies.

“They donated a lot of the decorations this year as well,” she said.