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Hand knitted beanies make Christmas bright

December 20th, 2018

Gifts of handmade Christmas beanies were delivered to Westmead Neonatal Intensive Care Unit today, by one of Westmead Medical Research Foundations most active supporters.

Lynette Clark is one very special lady, supporting the work of the Foundation in so many ways.  Not only does she manage to fit in organising the annual ‘Run 4 Jess’, which benefits our Supportive and Palliative Care ward C5c, she also finds time to crochet beanies for some of our tiniest patients, the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Lynette is also a talented seamstress, donating a quilt which she made by hand, to help raise funds for our Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre.

Lynette with NUM Robyn

When Lynette’s beloved daughter-in-law Jess was diagnosed with cancer, she received treatment in our Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, and in our Supportive and Palliative Care ward C5c.  Sadly, Jess lost her battle with cancer early in 2013.  Lynette and her son Steve started Run 4 Jess as a way of giving back to Westmead Hospital, and to honour Jess’s memory.

Currently preparing for the 7th annual Run 4 Jess, Lynette hopes to see many more participants take part in the 4km and 8km fun run, which continues to raise much needed funds for C5c.  Next year the event will be held at the Gipps Road Sporting Complex in Greystanes, on March 16th.  More information about the event will be posted in the coming weeks but to keep up to date on any further developments, visit their Facebook page.

Thank you, Lynette, for all you do to support the staff and patients at Westmead Hospital.



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