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Buddy helps kids ‘bear’ pain


BPH Buddy BearChildren in the Buderim Private Hospital Emergency Centre are now being gifted with ‘Buddy’ the Buderim bear thanks to the generous support of the Buderim Private Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.

The bear has been custom-made by members of the Auxiliary who kindly donated their time, creativity and sewing skills to make the bears.

Karen Clark, Buderim Private Hospital General Manager, said the bears have been gratefully received by some of the hospital’s littlest patients.

“The seemingly small gesture of receiving a teddy can make a huge difference to a child and provides welcome comfort and distraction from their illness or injury,” Mrs Clark said.

“We would like to thank our Ladies Auxiliary for their generous support of this fantastic initiative which helps to ease the distress and anxiety kids often feel in an emergency situation,” she said.

“Bringing a smile to the face of a sick child is possibly one of the most valuable gifts you can give.”

The bear has proved so popular that the Auxiliary are busy sewing away to ensure other children admitted to Buderim Private Hospital receive a ‘Buddy’ bear in the future.

As part of UnitingCare, the Buderim Private Hospital is owned by the Uniting Church and is the only not-for-profit provider of private hospital services on the Sunshine Coast.