Craftsmen bring smiles to our youngest

Mount Druitt Hospital patient Peyton Camilleri with her dad Rick and members from the Western Sydney Woodturners President Rob Young, Vice President Paul deBelle and Treasurer Les Coombes. 

For more than 10 years, the Western Sydney Woodturners have been looking to bring a smile to Mount Druitt Hospital’s youngest patients. 

Easter was a prime example of their work as they handed out chocolate eggs in handmade wooden bowls.

Children’s Ward nurse unit manager Kate Lowe said the seasonal gifts put a smile on plenty of faces.

“It’s tough being in hospital when you’re a little kid and missing out of special celebrations like Easter and school holidays,” Kate said.

Western Sydney Woodturners president Robert Young said the group creates “anything which involves woodwork”, including bowls and knick-knacks for the kitchen, and furniture such as tables and chairs.

“We recently made a Japanese inspired walk bridge for Lalor Park Public School and we are currently making six activity boards for the children’s ward at the hospital which can be taken out and played with in the garden,” Rob said.

“The timber is donated to us and we venture out to different places to demonstrate how to make wooden bowls, toilet roll holders and door stop wedges, and sell these items on demand.

“Over the years, we have raised more than $90,000 for the Children’s Ward at Mount Druitt Hospital.”

Thank you Western Sydney Woodturners for making our young patients happy!

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