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Annual Easter visit delights patients with delicious treats

Patients, family members and staff at Gosford Hospital’s Children’s Ward received a special Easter treat yesterday morning, 31 March, when Members of the Gosford City Sub Branch of the NSW National Servicemen’s Association and Affiliates, also known as the Nashos, visited with baskets full of Easter goodies.

This is the 23rd year that the Nashos have delighted hospital patients, families and staff with a friendly smile and chocolate treat. Only a worldwide pandemic stopped their annual visit last year but they are back in 2021, with a focus on bringing chocolatey cheer to the Children’s Ward.

President Alf Hill said the group always enjoys their special visit.

“Our members get as much joy out of the visit as the patients do, knowing that our special delivery really helps cheer them up and lifts their spirits,” Mr Hill said.

“It’s really rewarding to do what we do and to see the smiles on the little ones’ faces and to meet their families.”
Children’s Ward Nurse Unit Manager Nadine Huett said the Nashos Easter visit was always a very welcome highlight, especially in 2021.

“We definitely missed the Nashos visiting last year and we are very happy to have this generous group back bringing joy to our patients, visitors and staff,” Ms Huett said.

“It’s quite extraordinary the difference this visit can make to a patient’s day. By bringing Easter to them, it gives them a chance to focus on just being kids again.”

Who are the Nashos?

The NSW National Servicemen’s Association and Affiliates is a voluntary organisation and has fundraised for many charities and worthwhile causes that are of benefit to the local community, including supporting those impacted by national and global disasters.

The NSW National Servicemen’s Association and Affiliates are always seeking ex-service people who might wish to join the Gosford City Sub Branch for some social fun with those of similar interests. Ex-service people include former Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, as well as those who have served in the Police, Ambulance or Fire Services. If you are interested, please contact Secretary Greg Mawson on 0412 059 345.

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