The Fairy Bricks charity donated boxes full of LEGO to Hutt Hospital's Children's Ward.
Fairy Bricks, a long-standing partner of the LEGO Group, donates more than 40,000 LEGO sets to hospitals and hospices each year.
"We are very appreciative of this generous donation," said Tania Pitama, the ward's play specialist.
“LEGO is a wonderful distraction, and provides a normal everyday activity for children in hospital. It is also really easy to maintain and clean, and is great for those who are unable to get out of bed. We can also use the LEGO as gifts for children having birthdays or if a child is having a particularly hard time during their hospital stay.”
The Wellington Lego User Group (Well-LUG) delivered the LEGO to the ward last week. Their group has fund-raised over $85,000 for different charities over the past five years.
"We hold many events that help fundraiser for charities," said Jay Horne, president of the Well-LUG group. "However, our fundraising events this year have been postponed due to COVID-19. We saw this donation as another avenue where we could help. We are all very grateful to Fairy Bricks for helping to make a difference to sick children's lives.”
“Fairy Bricks recognises the essential role of play in a child’s recovery process. LEGO provides a degree of comfort and distraction for children and their whānau in hospital.”