Watson targets children’s hospital

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Watson

Watson’s Executive Officer, Commander Matthew Shand presented a cheque for $2725.00 which will be used in the treatment of sick children in the hospital’s cardiac ward. (photo: Unknown)
Watson’s Executive Officer, Commander Matthew Shand presented a cheque for $2725.00 which will be used in the treatment of sick children in the hospital’s cardiac ward.

With their motto we find, we fix - HMAS Watson certainly did that when the ship's company rallied to raise funds through raffles and collection tins to support the Sydney Children's Hospital.
 
Watson’s
 Executive Officer, Commander Matthew Shand presented a cheque for $2,725 which will be used in the treatment of sick children in the hospital’s cardiac ward. 
 
Community Fundraising Coordinator at Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, Ms Connlaith Ni Raifeartaigh, accepted the cheque on behalf of the hospital and said that Watson’s generous donation was momentous and helped children get better quicker.
 
“The funds will go directly to the purchase of a vital piece of medical equipment and provides immediate assistance to the children in managing their heart condition," Ms Raifeartaigh said.
 
“This in itself provides comfort to the families and confidence in the medical staff that they are providing the best care available."
This year members of the Ship's Welfare Fund trained their sights on the cardiac ward to purchase a Holter Monitor, a device that records the heart rhythm of children across all ages. 
 
With up to 70 children requiring assessments annually, the kit is in huge demand. 
 
The features of the Holter Monitor allow doctors to analyse results and provide better treatment much sooner.
 
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hayden Fox said he was inspired that the fund-raising from Watson would make such a huge difference to the children waiting for treatment.
 
“I hope our small donation from Watson would make life that little bit easier for the children and families who make use of the lifesaving equipment,” he said.