Paediatric ward staff members spread Christmas cheer with donation

Wednesday 20 December 2023
(L-R) Grampians Health staff member Bernedette McIntyre, Benita Marson (from Salvation Army), and Debbie Idnurm. (L-R) Grampians Health staff member Bernedette McIntyre, Benita Marson (from Salvation Army), and Debbie Idnurm.

Continuing an annual tradition of giving back to the community, staff members at Grampians Health Ballarat’s Paediatrics ward spread some festive cheer by presenting a Christmas hamper to a local family.

For the past several years, the staff members of the 2South Paediatrics team at Grampians Health Ballarat (formerly Ballarat Health Services) have been creating a special food and/or gift hamper to be presented to a local family in need.  

Each year, the Salvation Army provides the team with a profile of information on a local family in need. With the details of what could most benefit that family, the Paediatric staff donate items to try and ease the burden at Christmas. The result is boxes, baskets and hampers of gifts and food specially chosen with that family in mind.  

This year, the team helped a single mum with three children aged 11 months, 3 and 5 years old with a hamper of gifts and non-perishable food items.  

“Every year the 2 south team get together and help support a family in need and we’re glad to help out this Christmas as well. It’s great way to give back to the community and spread joy and Christmas cheer to a family in need. It also brings staff together in the spirit of giving,” said Debbie Idnurm, Ward Clerk, Paediatrics ward, Grampians Health Ballarat.  

This year, Grampians Health Ballarat’s Christmas Appeal is raising funds for our newest stream of at-home care Grampians Health at Home Paediatrics Program that aims to look after children with both acute and chronic conditions in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.  

For more information about the Christmas Appeal, or to make a tax-deductible donation to help support our Grampians Health at Home Paediatric Program, please visit 

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