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Surprise messages bring joy to hospitals

Students at Pickering Brook Primary School have brought joy to staff and patients at St John of God Midland and Princess Margaret Hospital by writing ‘Thank You’ and ‘Get Well Soon’ cards.

Chaplain Allison Burgoyne coordinated the movement as part of the TED (Treat Everyone Decently) program.

Staff at the hospital were so moved by the gesture, that they wrote a letter of thanks and took to social media to express their gratitude.

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals chief executive Dr Glen Power said caregivers and patients in the Children’s Ward were extremely grateful to receive the hand-crafted cards from the students.

“The cards brought a smile to the faces of our patients, doctors and caregivers, and certainly helped brighten their days,” Dr Power said.

“It was very caring and thoughtful of the students to create the cards.” 

Allison said she was overwhelmed by the response.

“An extra surprise for us was finding out that the acting clinical nurse manager is an ex-student of Pickering Brook Primary School. He was over the moon at receiving his card,” she said.

The school also received an email from a family at the hospital whose child received a ‘Keep Smiling’ card.

The parents thanked the Year 2/3 class and teacher, saying the gesture helped take their minds off the worries for their son.

“Their son is now recovering nicely and typed a message saying how the card made him smile. It’s now on top of their TV at home,” Allison said.

“Talk about the ripple effect of a little love and kindness.”