Newcastle: The magic of Christmas

In December, John Hunter Children’s Hospital called on the community to dig deep and help raise much needed funds for children and their families to have the greatest gift of all – a healthy and happy child – as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Appeal.

Over $20,000 was raised, going directly towards improving patient experiences, and supporting families of sick kids facing financial hardship, domestic violence or homelessness while undergoing treatment.
The appeal launched on 5 December with 20-month-old Ezekiel lighting up the Christmas tree. Ezekiel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August last year and spent Christmas in hospital with his Mum (Kristy), Dad and two siblings. “As a family, we are going through one of the toughest times,” Kristy said. “So having the opportunity to light up the Christmas tree was so special. The lights, the decorations, the tree and the atmosphere this appeal is bringing makes hospital feel really special.”

The appeal included activities like Christmas craft, movie marathons, treasure hunts and a special present delivery as well as an exciting line-up of visitors: superheroes, princesses, star troopers, Delta Therapy Dogs, balloon twisting elves and, of course, Santa.