Westmead patients benefit from Gilroy College drive

Donation stations: The Children's Hospital at Westmead patient Emileeh Fox, with child life therapist Vanessa Starr (left), accept a stationary donation from Gilroy Catholic College students Sophie Hynes and Clare Wagner (right). Picture: Gene Ramirez

Donation stations: The Children's Hospital at Westmead patient Emileeh Fox, with child life therapist Vanessa Starr (left), accept a stationary donation from Gilroy Catholic College students Sophie Hynes and Clare Wagner (right). Picture: Gene Ramirez

Gilroy Catholic College students drew gratitude when they donated crayons, felt pens, craft kits and other colourful items from a school stationery drive to patients of The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Four year 7 and three year 11 students from the Castle Hill school presented the items to hospital staff on Wednesday, then toured the facility to see firsthand how their donations would help.

The college's student leadership co-ordinator Rommeny Stock said it was the third year students had given items like the stationery, which were not always covered by the hospital's budget.

"Donations such as these assist the hospital greatly in keeping the children motivated and as comfortable as possible," she said.

"This was an overwhelming and precious experience which taught the students a lot about helping those in need."

Year 11 student Clare Wagner, 16, said that the experience had been uplifting.

"It gave us an idea of how such small items that we take for granted can instantly brighten the lives of these children," she said.

Peer Joel Dias agreed.

"I now understand how much items such as stamps, stickers and colouring-in pencils can bring a smile to sick children and how a smile really is the best medicine," he said.

The group also toured the Starlight Room, a space dedicated to recreation between treatments.

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