It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: the Foundation’s Christmas Gifting Tree appeal kicks off for 2018
Gold Coast Hospital Foundation’s annual Christmas Gifting Tree appeal will see beautifully decorated Christmas trees returning to the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital foyers this festive season in support of countless sick and injured Gold Coast children and adults.
Until the end of December, hospital staff, families, visitors and the wider Gold Coast community are invited to make a donation to the Foundation and hang a special Christmas message on the tree for their loved ones or other patients who will be spending their Christmas in hospital.
The Foundation’s Christmas bon bon token can be purchased with a minimum $2 donation on the ‘Tap and Go’ collection box provided.
The Christmas Gifting Tree appeal is raising much-needed funds for the Foundation’s emergency accommodation service, which provides more than 400 nights of accommodation each year to families in need with loved ones in hospital and trauma research. The community’s generosity this Christmas will help the Foundation provide the best health care possible to Gold Coasters in need.
Your support this Christmas will help patients just like 13-year-old Lauren Grocott, an avid horse-rider who was thrown from her beloved horse from a great height in a barrel race and landed on her head suffering a traumatic brain injury. Helpless mum, Leanne, could only watch on in horror as her precious child was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital for cutting-edge medical care that would eventually save her life. With Lauren’s rehabilitation taking weeks, this tight-knit family’s lives were thrown into unplanned turmoil.
With thanks to donations made to The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, not only did Lauren receive life-saving cutting-edge medical care, her family also utilised the Foundation-funded Emergency Accommodation Service to stay close to her during her recovery.
As the number of patients receiving emergency treatment increases from 280 to over 400 a day throughout the busy Christmas holiday period, over 120 more families may be forced to separate due to accident or illness than any other time of the year.
For families unable to rise $270 per night for hotel accommodation to be near their loved ones, the Foundation-funded patient accommodation service keeps hundreds of families just like Lauren’s together each year.
Please will you donate today and help give more families receiving emergency care on the Gold Coast the gift of togetherness this Christmas?