Happy play days ahead

Flutterby Foundation founder Tanya Saunders, with her children Isabella and Jake Evans, 10 and 9, and nurse unit manager Samantha Peet were delighted yesterday that the new children’s playground was open. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Flutterby Foundation founder Tanya Saunders, with her children Isabella and Jake Evans, 10 and 9, and nurse unit manager Samantha Peet were delighted yesterday that the new children’s playground was open. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

THE Border’s most sick children have a new playground to make their days a little brighter.

It has a cubby house, ramps, bridges and a boat.

Creating the playground which was opened at the Albury Wodonga Health children’s ward yesterday, was a community effort.

The Flutterby Foundation and donations from Alatalo Bros, BJ Tucker Homes and the Applause Festival led the way.

The foundation’s founder, Tanya Sanders, said the children’s ward had become her second home since her daughter, Isabella Evans, now 10, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she four.

“For kids to be able to get out and play when you’re stuck in a small room, it’s just amazing,” she said.

“Playing is such an important part of healing.”

Nurse unit manager Sam Peet said staff and volunteers had built most of the playground in a 14-hour working bee in February. The finishing touches were done this week.

“It doesn’t matter how sick they are, kids still want to go out and play.

“They love to get out, get some sunshine and fresh air and play with their families,” she said.

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