ON YOUR MARKS: Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista with the Woolworths team responsible for fundraising and purchasing 17 cots for Lismore Base Hospital.
ON YOUR MARKS: Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista with the Woolworths team responsible for fundraising and purchasing 17 cots for Lismore Base Hospital. Marc Stapelberg

New cots for newest tots ready to roll

CHRISTMAS has come early to Lismore Base Hospital this week, with a special delivery of 17 newborn cots courtesy of a generous donation.

The Perspex cots were purchased by Our Kids, which used $17,000 of a $20,000 donation from eight local Woolworths stores as part of the Woolworths Children's Hospital Fundraising activities.

Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said the cots had been on the organisation's wish list for almost three years, so it was fantastic to have them in the wards.

Mrs Battista said the new cots would provide easy access to newborns for parents and midwifery staff, as well as meeting Australian standards.

"The new cots will replace the old wire bassinets that have been around since the 1970s," she said.

"It's a real collaboration between the staff and all the customers that shop at Woolworths around the region, which is fantastic.

"The $20,000 has all come from this area and the fact that Woolworths chose Our Kids is a real investment in the region and will have a great impact on the 1250 babies born at Lismore Base Hospital each year.

"Each cot has a plaque which helps spread the word, recognise and honour the donations that come to Our Kids."

Lismore Base Hospital midwifery unit manager Brad Mills said the ward was now ready for Christmas.

"It is wonderful that Our Kids has purchased these new cots for our unit as they help us to give safe and effective care for babies in the unit," he said.

The $20,000 donation to Our Kids from Woolworths was raised at stores in Byron Bay, Ballina, Ballina River St, Casino, Goonellabah, Lismore Square, Lismore Central and Mullumbimby.

Woolworths Lismore Central manager Ben Gordon said the company was proud to donate to Our Kids.



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