Easter joy for children

EASTER arrived early this year at the Royal Hobart Hospital, with children receiving an unexpected visit from a special guest.

In the absence of Mr Easter Bunny, who was away on holiday, Mrs Easter Bunny and her helper went around the children’s ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital spreading joy and happiness – not to mention chocolate.

“It’s so important to give out Easter eggs and make everyone feel happy, and to spread the word that Mrs Bunny is around,” Mrs Easter Bunny’s helper said on her behalf.

“The kids are always excited, they want to give her a hug and tell her about their day.

“It warms her heart and brings a smile to both of our faces – we’re giving them chocolate and making their day.”

Nine-year-old Matilda Rusher was one of the children who had the privilege of meeting the Easter icon.

“I was excited to meet the Easter Bunny, but also sort of nervous,” she said.

“She was pretty big – it was really cool.”

Matilda was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.

Since the age of five, Matilda has needed to spend 10 days in the hospital every three months to receive antibiotics and physiotherapy, but it is visits like this from the Easter Bunny that keeps the smile on her face.

Acting nursing manager Rosie Gumley said the Easter Bunny visit gave the children a more positive experience and they were all excited to see her.

“A lot of the kids have miserable days in here, so it’s nice to be able to break up their day with something happy and not so clinical,” she said.

“It’s really nice to be able to sit and spend some time with them properly and put that caring factor in.”

Caption: From left, the Mrs Easter Bunny’s helper, nine-year-old Matilda Rusher and Mrs Easter Bunny spread joy and chocolate to children at the Royal Hobart Hospital.