Fruit, donuts and dinner: donations galore for our health heroes

Westmead Hospital Cystic Fibrosis team enjoy gelato.

Gifts of appreciation are rolling into Western Sydney hospitals at a record rate, showing health heroes with support and appreciation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Generous gifts have been delivered from fruit and vegetable grocers, MyMuscleChef, Nestle, Gelato Messina, Krispy Kreme, The Flower Crew, Darrell Lea, Oporto and Red Rooster, to mention a few.

Westmead Hospital Association executive officer Georgette Hanna has also organised for businesses to provide lunch and dinner for more than 120 staff daily, until the pandemic ends.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of these organisations who want to help the staff win the battle against COVID-19 by keeping staff well fed and nourished,” Georgette said.

“Our frontline staff are working hard to save others and everyone is very grateful and appreciate this generosity.”

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals Better Foundation chief executive Nermeen Yacoub said she is not surprised by the outpouring of appreciation and gratitude from the community.

“We saw the overwhelming support for fire fighters when we experienced the bushfires. Now health staff are receiving the praise and gratitude they truly deserve during this difficult time,” Nermeen said.  

“We really appreciate the support from the community.”

Auburn Hospital received a special treat when Krispy Kreme Australia and New Zealand chief executive Andrew McGuigan personally delivered boxes of donuts to staff.

Blacktown Hospital staff are red, red, ready for Red Rooster.

​While all donations are appreciated, our staff will conduct necessary infection control assessments and ethical checks before accepting any gifts.

The district’s gift donation guideline requests all food donations are individually wrapped. Homemade food items are not permitted.

Westmead Hospital nurse manager Nancy appreciates the donation of baby cucumbers.

WSLHD thanks the efforts of Georgette Hanna and Nermeen Yacoub for co-ordinating the distribution to our hardworking staff. 

​To donate funds or items to Westmead Hospital contact georgette.hanna@health.nsw.gov.au. You can also visit the Westmead Hospital Foundation to donate funds here.

To donate funds or items to Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals contact WSLHD-BMDHCorporateServices@health.nsw.gov.au or to donate money to Blacktown or Mount Druitt hospitals click here.

For further information or for a copy of the gift donation guidelines contact WSLHD-CorporateComms@health.nsw.gov.au