CHRISTMAS is set to be a little bit brighter for families spending the festive season in hospital.
Year 4 students at Hammond Park Primary have been hard at work making origami swans to give to families at King Edward Memorial Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Co-founder of Helping Little Hands Kate Crassweller said swans were a symbol of hope and healing, and both are needed to survive the NICU journey.
“Amy James, the teacher organising the swans, spent a long time in the NICU at King Eddie’s with her son Damien,” Ms Crassweller said.
“She wanted the kids she teaches to become involved in a charity, to show generosity and empathy.”
Ms Crassweller said the NICU could be an isolating experience for families, and even more so over the holiday period when they spend time in intensive care away from traditional gatherings.
“We hope the decorations from the kids at Hammond Park will show parents that someone else cares, someone else sees, and someone else understands,” she said.
“Once the NICU journey is over, this decoration will be a reminder of just how far they’ve come.”
The Helping Little Hands team started the charity because while care of their babies was first class, they knew parents needed more practical support during the trying time.
Ms Crassweller said for some parents, the only meal they eat is the food delivered by the charity.
“All of this practical support means more time for parents to spend with their babies; that’s the end goal, because research shows the more cuddles premature babies get, the better their medical outcomes and the quicker they get home,” she said.
You can support helping little hands in a myriad of ways, from donating food items, baby clothes, supermarket vouchers, and volunteering time for emergency home care, cleaning or gardening.
Ms Crassweller said all donations are greatly appreciated, especially at Christmas.
For more, visit helpinglittlehands.org.