VGH pediatric ward receives help

Support of donors help make lives of children and their families easier

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation for Pediatric Care at Victoria General Hospital received a donation of $6,200 from the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund.

Through the Child Life program, the gift will help fund activity kits to provide comforts and distractions for children undergoing medical treatment.

“An unexpected visit to the hospital can be scary and stressful for a young child,” said Cathy McIntyre, board vice-chair for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, in a release.

“Thanks to the support of donors like (this), the Child Life Team can provide children with toys and activities that keep them busy and ease the stress of their hospital experience.”

Last year, VGH’s pediatric unit cared for more than 1,700 children. VGH also serves as Vancouver Island’s pediatric specialty hospital.

The Community Services Fund is an annual fundraising campaign for B.C.’s public service employees to support local charities.

The donation was the first part of a three-year pledge that could total over $18,000 in donations for the Child Life Program at VGH.