Easter spirit comes to oncology unit

The Lady Cilento Crafters delivered their Easter chocolates to the Ipswich Hospital oncology ward day treatment unit on 4 March. Picture: LADY CILENTO CRAFTERS

A group of Rosewood women have brought the Easter spirit to the Ipswich Hospital oncology ward.

The Lady Cilento Crafters delivered Easter chocolates and other goodies to the day treatment unit on 4 March, much to the delight of the patients and hospital staff.

Crafters organiser Coralie Bradley said the gift comprised of hand-made items and donations.

“We’ve got Spill the Beans Takeaway and Cafe across the road from the hospital, they donated a coffee voucher,” she said.

“We had a chocolate bar and a Werthers Original, and our crafters once again made the bags and the ribbons.

“We have two wonderful community ladies, Dawn and Karen, who have made the gift tags to go on all of them.”

The group also visits the hospital to donate Christmas hampers for patients, and donates hand-made quilts, toys and bibs to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Mrs Bradley said the hospital staff have become familiar with the crafters and have come to look forward to their visits.

“The staff were expecting us, because now we’ve become part of it, they’re excited about it,” she said.

“Kim Toohill, the supervisor, said ‘we’d like to give you something because you’re always giving us something’ so they gave us a bag of Darrell Lee chocolates and some other liquorices.”

The Lady Cilento Crafters fundraise through plant sales on Saturday mornings at The Big Orange, Forest Hill, and through the sale of donated items outside of a Coles store.

Mrs Bradley said she could not describe the emotion she felt when packing the gifts for patients at the oncology ward.

“We’re very proud of what we take in there,” Ms Bradley said.

“We’re all dedicated to what we do.”