Donating televisions on behalf of Amex Group are, from left Anton Roach, Jordan Harvey, Jim Williams and Liam Hutton. Accepting them on behalf of the Children’s Ward of Nelson Hospital are, front, from left, Tracey Keane-Harvey, nurse Debra Dowie and charge nurse Sue Smart. Photo: Andrew Board.

Workmates chip in for donation


A group of workmates at Aimex Group in Port Nelson have reached into their own pockets to buy eight televisions for the children’s ward at Nelson Hospital.

The idea came up at a daily staff meeting after engineering services manager Ross Harvey heard that the ward was short a few TVs for sick children in the ward. The staff unanimously agreed to help and apprentices, admin staff and management all pulled money from their own pockets for the cause.

Charge nurse manager of the paediatric ward at the hospital, Sue Smart, says she was delighted with the donation.

“When kids are in hospital the TVs go pretty much 24/7, so they wear out pretty quickly and don’t function. So this is excellent, really. Overwhelming.”

Sue says the televisions will go into six of the eight single rooms, the double-bedded room and the treatment room, where children “can watch DVDs while they’re having nasty stuff put in them”.

Ross says the employees of Aimex were all enthusiastic about the idea.

“They all voted to do it and everyone’s pockets were shared equally, doesn’t matter who you are, you paid the same share. We talked about who should represent the employees of Aimex [to hand over the televisions] and they all nominated the young guys because they’re the future moving forward.”

He says there’s a good comraderie between the staff at Aimex and the donation was designed purely to be by the staff, not about pushing the Aimex brand.

“It was just out of the goodness of the guys’ hearts. We all hope that it puts a smile on the kids’ faces. It’s not particularly a nice time for them when they’re there, so hopefully it makes their time there a little easier.”

The donation comes a year after Nelson Weekly and Richmond Mall donated $4000 worth of toys to the ward and Sue says while donations are accepted, sometimes they have to say ‘no’.

“It sounds terrible, but money is always useful because if we have to buy things, like a new lazyboy chair for example, because they have to be hospital grade standard, we can’t take them from normal store,” she says.

“So either money, or a direct approach to discuss what they may be able to help with.”