Excellent care spurs desire to give back

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The excellent medical care Henry McRae received at Southland Hospital and Starship children’s hospital in Auckland has inspired his mother, Justine, to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

Mrs McRae is holding a monster garage sale in Edendale, from which the proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House in Invercargill.

Henry was born in May 2016.

He had polycystic kidney disease, liver fibrosis and heart failure, and needed specialist treatment.

Mrs McRae said Henry spent three weeks in Southland Hospital and then 18 months in Starship.

Henry started dialysis when he was 3 and a-half months old.

kidney when Henry had a transplant in September last year.

Henry died in December last year.

“We did have him 19 months.”

“My family have spent a lot of time in RMH in Invercargill and in Auckland, and hence the motivation to give back in some way,” Mrs McRae said.

“We really felt a strong need to give back, so it’s very important to us,” she said.

The care the family received from all the health professionals involved with Henry’s care was faultless, Mrs McRae said.

About 20 people are supporting the fundraiser, to be held at the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club this Saturday, from 9.30am to 1pm.

“It just started with a group of 10 friends I messaged,” she said.

People were keen to donate goods for the sale.

“It’s become a lot bigger than I thought.”

Businesses had also pledged their support and donated products for hampers and raffles, she said.

Goods included firewood, lamb, cheeses and a clothing voucher.

Fresh vegetables, baking and preserves would also be on offer.

The Wyndham Toy Library was donating a day hire of its bouncy castle as a raffle prize.

The vintage machinery club would have its doors open for people to come in and see the tractor display.

Anyone who wanted to donate fresh vegetables, baking or preserves could contact her on 027 588-1800, Mrs McRae said.

Ronald McDonald family room


The Ronald McDonald family room is connected to the children’s and neonatal wards at Southland Hospital.

Justine McRae is hosting a monster garage sale in Edendale, the proceeds of which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House in Invercargill.

“When families walk in, they forget they’re in a hospital. This is a place to rest and regroup just moments away from their children,” Mrs McRae said.

“Any family who has a child up to and including the age of 21 who has been admitted to the children’s or neonatal wards can use the family room’s communal facilities,” she said.