King Edward Memorial Hospital receive furnishings for regional mothers home

Tamara Wheeler (Geraldton) with Amber Bates (Tiny Sparks) KEMH will be receiving donations of fridges, crockery etc in accommodation rooms from Tiny Sparks. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Tamara Wheeler (Geraldton) with Amber Bates (Tiny Sparks) KEMH will be receiving donations of fridges, crockery etc in accommodation rooms from Tiny Sparks. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

KING Edward Memorial Hospital has received donated furnishings to make their Agnes Walsh house, which offers temporary stays for regional mothers, feel more like home.

Tiny Sparks donated eight fridges, an electric fry pan, a coffee machine, a toastie machine, plates, bowls and cutlery as well as bright coloured doonas to cheer up all the bedrooms.

The house has 23 rooms for post natal and pregnant regional women and two mother and baby rooms.

Regional mums would stay for weeks or sometimes months at a time.

Co-founder and chairperson of Tiny Sparks Amber Bates said she understood how isolating it could be for regional mums to be away from their families.

“In 2010 my son was born pre-term and at 25 weeks he weighed 865 grams,” she said.

“I was a regional mother for two months at Agnes Walsh so I understand how important it is for the environment to be comfortable and welcoming on their own mental health and wellbeing during their stay.”

First time expectant mother Tamara Wheeler, who lives in Geraldton, is currently staying at the home.

Ms Wheeler said she made the decision to stay at the house because she was expecting to deliver her baby, a girl named Isobel, on September 17.

“It’s amazing – it’s good to have a something like this to turn too,” she said.

“Bub is okay at the moment but I felt this area is safer for her.”