from tiny knitted beanies and sweater sets for newborn babies in the special care nursery to trauma teddies for kids heading into surgery, wishlist loves the creative minds in our community who make life sunnier for patients young and old.
1) Pyjamas for the Children’s Ward
Are you handy with a sewing machine or have basic sewing know how and want to make a huge difference to sick and injured children at Nambour Hospital? The Children's Ward is in desperate need of specially made pyjamas for the little ones in their care, as at the moment all they have to put them in are adult-sized hospital gowns (which the kids apparently refuse to wear - can you blame them?).
The nurses have fought long and hard to be allowed to send kids to surgery in pyjamas rather than hospital gowns, but they need the help of our community to supply comfy, cute jammies that will make a stressful hospital stay a little better.
Wishlist wants to say a huge THANK YOU to Naomi, a young mother who donated hours of her time to creating downloadable and real-size patterns for the “snap top” pyjama tops which have to be able to open easily in the front and shoulders.
Colourful, bright and/or cute patterned material is more than welcome to bring a smile to the faces of the kids who will wear them. The material must be cotton - either light cotton for those warm days and for kids with a fever, or cosy flannelette for kids in cold air-conditioned rooms. Likewise both short and long sleeves and pant legs are welcome.
Please note the snaps must be plastic - or use velcro instead.
We need all children’s sizes; toddler, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14.
DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN FOR “SNAP TOP” PJ TOPS HERE, or alternatively you can copy the life-size pattern in each size by visiting the Wishlist office (bring large tracing paper).
*The pyjama bottoms are basic so any pattern will suffice as long as they are baggy and comfortable and have an elastic waist.
Once they are finished, you can either drop them into the Wishlist office or send them to P.O. Box 2610, Nambour QLD 4560. If you have a substantial amount made and have difficulty getting them to us, please phone 5470 6598 or email email@example.com and we will try to organise to pick them up.
2) Arm slings for children
The Children's Ward is also in need of child-sized arm slings, and once again our lovely volunteer Naomi has come to the rescue with an easy pattern and instructions.
Again, colourful material and cute patterns are a winner and will make it a lot easier for medical staff to persuade children to wear them.
3) Calico teddy bears for diversional therapy
Plain calico teddy bears or dolls are used by therapists and health staff in the hospital to help kids better understand about the medical procedures they are going through.
The plain teddies are perfect for the kids and health staff to draw on and customise depending on the child's individual needs.
Children who are unsure how to verbalise their pain can easily show where they hurt by using these bears.
Going through approximately 20-30 bears a week, the hospital needs as many of these as they can get.