Coles shoppers support children's hospice Hummingbird House

SUPPORT: Coles state general manager Jerry Farrell and Hummingbird House general manager Fiona Hawthorne with the cards.
SUPPORT: Coles state general manager Jerry Farrell and Hummingbird House general manager Fiona Hawthorne with the cards.

SHOPPERS can help support children with life-limiting conditions this month as part of Coles’ ongoing partnership with Queensland’s only children’s hospice Hummingbird House.

Shoppers at Coles stores including Cleveland and Victoria Point can buy a specially designed $2 donation card until October 30.

Hummingbird House provides short break stays, family support services, creative therapies, and care for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Since opening in October 2016, Hummingbird House has provided a home away from home for more than 120 children and their families, at no cost.

Hummingbird House general manager Fiona Hawthorne said Coles’ support had been transformational for the hospice.

“Coles’ team members and customers helped build Hummingbird House and now each year they help provide our services, free of charge, to Queensland kids and families,” Dr Hawthorne said.

“It is thanks to the support of partners like Coles that Hummingbird House can continue to grow and reach more families who need us.”

The four Hummingbird House donation card designs have been drawn by children and their families who use the hospice’s support services.

ARTIST: Mikaela Norris, 17, held a brush in her mouth to paint a design.

ARTIST: Mikaela Norris, 17, held a brush in her mouth to paint a design.

Among them is 17-year-old Mikaela Norris who held a brush in her mouth to paint one design.

“It took me a few weeks to complete but I thought it would be a really good gift to give Hummingbird House to

say thank you for everything the team has done for me,” Ms Norris said.

“I have had a few long stays at the hospice so my parents can have a break too, and it’s great to be able to hang out with the really cool staff and some of the other kids as well.”

Coles state general manager Jerry Farrell said Coles was delighted to continue its partnership with Hummingbird House.

“With the support of our generous customers and team members, we’re thrilled to have already raised more than $1.2 million for Hummingbird House since 2016,” Mr Farrell said.

“These funds have helped to build, open and operate the hospice, and we’re excited to see the local community back our fundraising campaign once again by purchasing a $2 donation card at Coles checkouts to support such an important cause.”

Coles will also donate 15 cents to Hummingbird House from every pack 12 pack of Coles Bakery cookies until October 30.