13.01.2015 14:12 Age: 4 yrs

Hospital thanks kind-hearted Thomas for book donation

Thomas hands over four large donation boxes to Clinical Nurse Manager Sally Shaw

Thomas McGregor knows that spending time in hospital waiting rooms can be boring for kids and frustrating for parents.

The 11-year-old Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School student has had a couple of trips to hospital himself, and a lot more with his younger brother.

So when Thomas was asked to come up with an idea that would benefit his local community as part of a school award program he had the perfect solution.

Thomas arranged for collection boxes to be placed in a number of local businesses and requested donations of kids’ books for the local hospital.

“My parents, brothers and I have spent a lot of hours in waiting rooms, emergency departments and children’s wards.  We know how bored kids can get and how frustrating and stressful it can be for parents,” said Thomas.

Thomas kept a regular check on the rapidly filling boxes and recently handed over more than 100 new and good quality second hand books - ranging from baby books to young adult novels - to Busselton Hospital.

“I’d like to thank the businesses who allowed the collection boxes to be kept in their reception areas for a month and all the people who placed books in the boxes.  It was a lot of fun checking the boxes each week and seeing what surprises were in there!” said Thomas.

The hospital’s Acting District Manager Nik Booker was delighted to receive the books which will be shared between the wards, theatre and emergency department.

“On behalf of Busselton Hospital I would like to thank Thomas for his kind donation” said Nik.  “For such a young person to be thinking about the needs of other children who have to spend time in hospital is very touching.”

Media contact: WACHS Communications 6145 4166.


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