Xmas cheer for sick children

2017-12-05 06:00
Help raise money for Christmas presents for the young patients of Maitland Cottage Hospital in Newlands.

Help raise money for Christmas presents for the young patients of Maitland Cottage Hospital in Newlands.

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Thundafund is raising money for the children’s hospital in Newlands.

The crowdfunding website wants to give patients of Maitland Cottage Hospital a joyous Christmas by giving the children presents and donating money for the hospital’s maintenance.

It targets raising about R100 000 in time for Christmas. It is said that R10 000 of the collected money would be used to buy the presents.

Nicholas Dilley of Thundafund says: “There are 84 patients at the hospital and each of them will receive a special treat from the organisation.

“We are planning on dropping off the presents on Saturday 23 December. The staff at Maitland Cottage will then give them out at their discretion.”

He says they chose the hospital because it is a specialised children’s hospital focusing on helping and healing children who come from underprivileged areas.

“They are an amazing and passionate team who work exceptionally hard to provide a safe and comforting environment for these children to learn, socialise and heal. We decided that we would like to run a campaign on behalf of an organisation because we feel that they are a great cause and doing much needed work in South Africa,” he says.

Maitland Cottage has specialist doctors and trained teachers to give patients a normal life even away from home.

The hospital mostly relies on donations for funding. It is struggling financially and is busy planning water and energy savvy methods to cut costs.

Julie Scott, chairperson of the hospital, says they are happy to have been chosen as the beneficiaries.

She says the Christmas celebration will make the children feel special and cared for at a time when they are away from their families.

“We thank Thundafund for this wonderful initiative to help us. It came at a time when children need extra special love and care,” Scott says.

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