Children's Ward gifted toys in memory of Gabby Devine
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21 April 2016

From left: Children’s Ward visitor William Crosson (5), Kerry O’Sullivan and Jessica Devane.
 
The Whanganui Hospital Children’s Ward has received two large boxes of toys from Starlit Hope charity trustee Jessica Devane who made the gift this week in memory of her cousin 13-year-old New Plymouth school girl Gabby Devine.
 
Before Gabby died of bone cancer in May 2015, she touched many lives by carrying out 1000 random acts of kindness in the name of the Starlit Hope charity she set up while in remission.
 
Gabby’s mother Sarah, father Roland and her younger brother Patrick, vowed to continue her charity to ensure children in need of cheering up received toys as Gabby would have wished them to.
 
The Children’s Ward received a box of ‘distraction’ toys for children to play with while they undergo medical treatment and a box of robust wooden toys which Paediatric Services clinical nurse manager Janene Louwrens says are always popular with young patients.

Originally from Whanganui, the Devine family are delighted that Whanganui Hospital is one of the five New Zealand hospitals where Gabby’s charity continues to bring smiles to the faces of unwell children.

This year’s Paul’s Rd concert held in Whanganui in early March raised $3272 to purchase the two boxes of toys gifted to Whanganui Hospital, grocery vouchers for the parents of Whanganui children receiving cancer treatment, and toys for children being treated for cancer in hospitals such as Starship in Auckland.