Support for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Chantelle Fisher of Alkimos with Maddie Chaplin of Mindarie enjoy the Christmas activities at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre. Picture: ASCP Photography

THE Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation helps families cope with what can be an anxious and stressful time when children are hospitalised..

The foundation offers families some respite through a range of activities and initiatives made possible via donations and funds raised across the year.

Each year Ocean Keys Shopping Centre raises funds for the foundation through its Christmas activities, with last year’s donation allocated to the foundation’s moments of happiness fund which supports activities in Stitches’ Megazone play area (a place patients and families can spend time away from the hospital ward), fortnightly free family barbecues along with appearances from sports teams and visiting performers.

One family which has made use of the Megazone and enjoyed many family barbecues is the Martin family.

Sophie Martin, 8, and her parents David and Shellie have spent more time than most at Princess Margaret Hospital, with Sophie in and out since she was ten weeks old due to a genetic epilepsy syndrome.

Due to Sophie’s medical condition she suffers daily seizures, the worst of which is called status epilepticus.

When her body is under acute stress, Sophie’s brain cannot cope so she must be admitted to hospital.

Given Sophie’s medical condition the Martin family spend about half of every year at the hospital and have been able to find a tiny bit of normalcy and happiness through the foundation’s activities and events.

Volunteers collected donations on Saturday, November 25 at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre while firefighters sold the annual foundation calendar throughout the day.

One hundred percent of ticket sales from the Kids Club Christmas Party on Sunday, December 3 will also be directed to the foundation.