The Head and Neck Cancer Support Network is getting behind our campaign to rejuvenate our whānau rooms, benefiting everyone on Ward 74.
A whānau room should be welcoming, cosy and friendly. We know that family and friends spend a lot of time in hospital when their loved ones are receiving care. The whānau rooms become their second homes.
Some people know this far too well, through their own personal experiences in hospital. Currently, many DHB whānau rooms are ‘functional but soulless’, but we can change that.
The Auckland Health Foundation understands the importance of patients’ families and friends having the best possible space to deal with what they are experiencing. That’s why we’re raising funds to refurbish 42 whānau rooms across Auckland DHB.
We’re thrilled that the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network have joined in supporting our campaign, and we hope they are the first of many networks to join us! Thanks to the network’s support, Ward 74’s whānau room will be as warm and welcoming as the people who work there.
This incredible group of people, who’ve all been touched by head and neck cancer, and who’ve all been cared for on Ward 74, have pledged to fundraise $20,000 to completely refurbish the ward’s whānau room, in which their own families have spent many long hours.
And, not only have they pledged to fundraise for the project, many members have also taken part in our workshops – helping us truly understand what patients and their families need from these rooms.
Auckland Health Foundation Board Chairman Andrew Barclay says, “We’re delighted that the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network share our vision, and that they share our passion to bring positive change for families on Ward 74. Their members work closely with regional health staff to improve the service provided to patients, and we’re honoured they’ve now decided to work with our foundation.”
Once designs have been confirmed and funds have been raised, refurbishment can start. Ward 74 has been identified as one of the top 10 whānau rooms in the hospital in desperate need of TLC, so we’re excited that together with the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network, we can rejuvenate the room.
Their funds will change everything in the whānau room, from creating softer lighting and more comforting colours, to adding practical and comfortable furniture, as well as introducing positive distractions for people who need them.
You can support the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network’s fundraising efforts and help to refurbish Ward 74’s whānau room by donating here.
When you’re asked “What will your donation support?” on our donation page, use the drop-down menu to select ‘Ward 74 Whānau Room’, right at the bottom. This will ensure your donation directly supports families on Ward 74.
Auckland Health Foundation CEO Gwen Green says, “It is inspiring and heart-warming to see patients who’ve been cared for by Ward 74 support others going through similar experiences. We would love network members, and their families and friends to donate any amount, either as a one-off donation or a monthly gift. Their support will benefit so many people, bringing comfort when it’s needed most. We appreciate every donation, small or large.”
Speaking of the campaign, Northern Regional Alliance Regional Head & Neck Cancer Project Manager Fiona Ritsma says: “The Regional Head & Neck Cancer Service Review project team supports the work you are doing and recognises the importance of whānau rooms for patients and their whānau. We are pleased that you have prioritised Ward 74 – the duration of stay for inpatients recovering from head and neck cancer treatment can be long and they often have multiple subsequent admissions as they undergo further treatment, reconstruction and intensive rehabilitation. To have a welcoming, comfortable and cheerful room for whānau to relax in while they are providing support will be a huge benefit.”
If you’d like to chat about the project or your donation, please get in touch with us:
Contact Hannah on 09 307 6039 or at firstname.lastname@example.org | Contact Diana at email@example.com
If you have a story to share about your time on Ward 74 as a patient or family member, please contact Jennifer on 09 307 6045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.