Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner this evening to thank some of the many people who have contributed to the new Wellington Children’s Hospital, which is nearing its final stages of completion.
The stories of the guests attending showed what a fantastic community effort the construction of the new hospital has been. Bill Day, Chair of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, took the time to thank the many people who had contributed to the new building Among them was Nicolas Volpicelli-Muollo, the Scots College student who successfully fundraised over $50 000 to buy smart TVs to go in the new rooms, and Sue Burnett-Grimwood from Busy Bees Quilters, whose team gift treasured blankets to neonatal babies. Wellington philanthropists Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood also attended this evening; the pair generously donated $50 million towards the construction of the building.
The new hospital, named Te Wao Nui, will care for an estimated 87 000 children each year. It will feature a Weta Workshop-designed mural of a tree of life.