Children's Ward extends 'huge' thank you to Whitcoulls and the community

11 December 2017


Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff are overwhelmed by the generosity of Whitcoulls and members of the public who recently donated more than 200 teddy bears to the Children’s Ward.


From left: Leon, Darren Tannahill and paediatric nurse Melissa Houltham.

For some weeks, Whitcoulls’ Whanganui branch has asked customers spending more than $30 if they would like to spend a further $10 to purchase a teddy bear for themselves or for the Children’s Ward.


During his hospital stay this week, 11-month-old Leon Tannahill was given a bear which his parents Darren and Catherine said he loved. As they were preparing to take Leon home on Wednesday morning, paediatric nurse Melissa Houltham and a number of other bears popped in to join Darren and Leon for a photo call.


Children’s Ward clinical nurse manager Janene Louwrens said she wanted to send a ‘huge’ thank you to everyone involved in the gifting of the teddy bears which she and her staff are giving to young children hospitalised in the Children’s Ward.


Mrs Louwrens said to be given more than 200 bears is overwhelmingly generous and much appreciated. A Whitcoulls spokesperson said the offer would continue until all the bears have been sold.