20 Years of Christmas Cheer

Friday 14 December 2018

This year’s Police Link Christmas Party at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has one more reason to celebrate as it marks 20 years of bringing Christmas to children and their families in hospital.

Lindsey Gough, the Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, said the relationship with South Australia Police (SAPOL) has gone from strength to strength over the past two decades.

“It’s a testament to both our organisations and the values we share; the health and wellbeing of the wider community is our absolute priority,” Ms Gough said. 

“While officers from SAPOL often visit the hospital to meet with children, the Christmas party is the highlight every year.

“It brings a smile to everyone’s faces and most importantly, it’s an opportunity for everyone to forget they’re in a hospital and just have fun.”

Senior Sergeant Mark Orford, the Chair of Police Link, said while one of the aims of every visit to the hospital is to provide children with a welcome distraction from their hospital stay, the Christmas party is an opportunity to pull out all the stops.

“This year there will be a cast of characters from Star Wars, Camp Quality Puppets, Clown Doctors and Captain Starlight’s,” Sergeant Orford said.

“The Band of South Australia Police will be on hand to set the mood with festive music and of course Father Christmas will make an appearance at the hospital before he visits again on Christmas Eve.

“It’s a privilege for our staff to help make families in hospital at this time of year smile and after 20 years, it’s something we’ve become quite good at.”

The Police Link program allows police officers to make monthly visits to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to meet patients and form positive relationships with SAPOL.

The program is an opportunity for SAPOL to engage with children, build trust and confidence with the police and deliver crime prevention messages.

The Christmas party will be held at 11am on Friday 14 December on the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Playdeck, with Santa’s Workshop in the Allan Campbell Boardroom on standby in case of wet weather.

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