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An Easter show at Greenwich Hospital

For many people across NSW, a visit to the show is an integral part of enjoying the Easter season. But when you are battling a life-limiting illness or recovering from serious trauma or disease, then the show is most likely just too hard.

Patient John Gaeta with Bianca Kinnear, manager of OT, HammondCare Health and Hospitals, and her miniature pony Stormie.Irene Skelham and Doreen Warburton with two of the Easter rabbits.Stuart Blair, physio, entertaining staff and patients in his clown outfit.Some classic Easter Show fun!

Which is no problem for Haydn Quinn and his fellow staff at Greenwich Hospital. They just found a way to bring the show to the hospital!

Animals, fairy floss and a familiar-looking clown...

Walking into the new surrounds for palliative care on Monday, it didn't take long to realise something unusual was going on (except it's not that unusual for Greenwich which has a horse visit every Melbourne Cup Day!)

A petting zoo was underway with patients from across the hospital, some in wheelchairs, cuddling and stroking rabbits, goats, guinea pigs and ducklings.

If that wasn't enough to kindle an Easter show memory or two, the laughing clowns, floating duck game and milk can toss (complete with a staff member dressed as a clown...) certainly did, along with snow cones and fairy floss.

Memorable moments

Once again, the media came along, glad to see the special effort put in by staff to provide this memorable moment for patients and their families. One mother and her young daughter were delighted as they took a few moments break from visiting their very ill relative.

And for those patients unable to leave their beds, the occasional goat, guinea pig and horse (a small one, admittedly) were seen to stroll the corridors and visit bedsides as if it was just a normal day.

The Dreams Project

All of this was made possible by the dedication of staff and the support of the Dreams Project, which helps fulfill the dreams of palliative care patients.

If you'd like to support the Dreams Project, please donate here.

Or if you'd like to volunteer at Greenwich Hospital or any of our other facilities, please contact Barry Costello (Head of Volunteer Services) on 02 8788 3090 or

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