News

Lismore's mystery angel: The spirit of truly giving

A MYSTERIOUS Lismore resident has eased the suffering for struggling families at Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital with a steady flow of gift vouchers.

Staff at the hospital say the vouchers began arriving in the post a few months ago with a surprising, but very welcome, donation along with an unsigned letter asking that they be used to help needy families.

A couple of weeks later another envelope arrived with the same unsigned note and more vouchers.

The envelopes have been arriving steadily ever since. The most recent turned up on Friday and brings the total value of the donations to more than $600.

Lucinda Newell, the deputy head of social work at the hospital, said hospital staff had followed the letters' instructions and the gift vouchers had made a real difference in the lives of families with sick kids who were going through hard times.

"January is a hard time for many of our patient families and the gratitude we felt on their behalf after receiving the first letter with five $30 gift vouchers was immense," Ms Newell said.

"We thought long and hard about where the greatest need was for these vouchers and they were given out and greatly appreciated."

Ms Newell said the staff had no clue as to the identity of their mystery angel, but the envelopes were all post-marked Lismore, so they assumed their benefactor lived in or near the city.

Whoever it is, they have the hospital's heart-felt thanks.

"We cannot thank this wonderful donor enough for the difference the vouchers have made to many families at The Children's Hospital Westmead," she said.

The vouchers had been used to provide things such as groceries, mobile phone recharges to help families stay in touch, basic needs after emergency transfers from regional and rural areas, and buying toys to help cheer sick kids with serious illnesses and/or about to undergo surgery.

The social workers at The Children's Hospital Westmead see many families whose lives are disrupted due to a child's medical condition," she said.

"Some of these conditions are temporary, some chronic and some devastating for the child and family.

"Supporting these families through these difficult times has been made just a little bit easier thanks to the mysterious hospital hero in Lismore."

Topics:  charity, donation




Child killer claims constant fear of violence in jail

Warren Ross boards a police car at the King Street Court in Sydney in May 2014.

Ross once boasted he could make the child scream just showing a belt

Parents' worst nightmare: Daughter, 6, could be deported

The family of six-year-old Lennox Head girl Sienna Tippett have applied for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene so she doesn't get deported for having an undiagnosed mystery illness.

A Northern Rivers family has started the fight of their life.

Avocados drop to 79 cents each

Avocados advertised at Farmer Charlies in Lismore for 79 cents each

Holy guacamole! Avocados in Lismore are how much?

Latest deals and offers

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

Metal havoc this week at New Tattersalls Hotel

Only Machines Remain play Lismore on 6th August. Photo Contributed

Only Machines Remain to play Lismore this week

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

Police charge in after Lohan claims fiance tried to kill her

"You tried to kill me. You're a f*****g psycho".

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started