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Joondalup nurses show support for children in foster care

July 26, 2021

Staff on the Telethon Children’s Ward at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) came to work dressed in their pyjamas on Friday 23 July and donated 'care bags' in support of National Pyjama Day.

The annual day helps raise awareness and funds for children in foster care - and JHC staff decided to donate care bags which help to ensure vulnerable children do not arrive at their placement with nothing. 

Clinical Nurse Manager Linda Frost said the hospital had taken part in the national day for a second year running and the idea of collecting items for care bag was again met with enthusiasm from the team. 

“Working with children in our daily work really makes this cause close to our hearts,” she said. “The idea of donating care bags came about because a lot of us follow this Facebook page called Care Bags - Because children in care matter.” 

Ms Frost explained care bags for younger children should include a backpack filled with toothbrush, toothpaste, a hairbrush, pyjamas, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks, two outfits of clothing, a teddy bear and at least one other comfort item – such as a book, journal or toy. 

For teenagers, you can put together a toilet pack which comprises a draw string bag containing soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo & condition, deodorant – and also feminine hygiene products for teens who menstruate. 

“Although the day is technically on 23 July, the Foundation says you can host a PJ Day any time throughout July, August or September,” Ms Frost said. “It is a great cause and one we’ve been delighted to support.” 

Find out more at https://www.nationalpyjamaday.com/ 

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