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Christmas comes early at Waikato Hospital

Christmas Tree

L/R: Farmers staff Tania, Emily, Todd, store manager Babak Paymani with Waikato DHB staff Kate, Lydia, Renee, Melinda and Kerry.

A generous act has injected the Christmas spirit into Waikato Hospital as staff and patients welcome the campus’s first Christmas tree.

Thanks to the generosity of Farmers Centre Place in Hamilton all who visit and work at Waikato Hospital will be able to place wishing cards on the three metre tree.

Waikato District Health Board director of business support Melinda Ch’ng said the project is about acknowledging many of our families and staff that won’t get to spend Christmas at home.

“We are trying to find ways to make the hospital more welcoming and give the community a sense of belonging here,” she said.

Rudduck Family

The Rudduck family writes a message to hang on Waikato Hospital’s Christmas tree.

“When we approached Farmers’ manager, he did not hesitate and quickly found a way to help us create the Christmas magic for Waikato Hospital.” 

Farmers Centre Place not only donated the tree, but staff also gave up four hours of their personal time on Sunday to install and decorate it.

“I want to thank Farmers and your staff for this generous gift, it truly reflects the Christmas story,” said Melinda Ch’ng.

Farmers store manager Babak Paymani said the gift was just one of many ways the store was trying to give back to the community.

“We hope this will bring a smile to some people’s faces in their time of need.”

The tree will be on level 1 of the Meade Clinical Centre from now until 1 January.

Waikato DHB invites all visitors to the hospital to write a wishing card and hang it on the tree.

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