Supporting sick kids, one bed at a time

For many children admitted to the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), their ward becomes a second home for them and their families. Meet some of the supporters who are helping sick kids by sponsoring beds across the hospital.

Strathmore Community Bank

10 Beds / Butterfly, Cockatoo, Kookaburra and Koala

Strathmore Community Bank has supported essential care and assistance for RCH patients and their families for over eight years. As an organisation set up by the community, for the community, Strathmore Community Bank has donated over $300,000 to the RCH, including the sponsorship of 10 beds across the hospital.

“A large number of our board and shareholders in our company have had firsthand experience with the RCH … and we’re lucky to have funds that allow us to support this wonderful institution,” said Peter Brown, Chairman of Strathmore Community Services.


Roman Middleton Charity Golf Day

One Bed / Cockatoo ward

If you ask around Heathcote, Roman Middleton is a pretty big deal. This superhero-loving six year old not only has a golf day named after him, but he also has a brand new liver.

Just before his fifth birthday, Roman became seriously ill without explanation and was airlifted to the RCH. Within seven days of his admission, Roman was placed on the transplant list for a new liver.

“To this day it is not known what caused him to get so sick so quickly,” said mum Jess. “The staff, nurses and doctors were amazing, we couldn't have asked for better people to be surrounded by during such an uncertain time.”

Roman’s experience at the RCH propelled his grandparents Ally and David to give back, and the couple set about organising The Roman Middleton Charity Golf Day. The whole community chipped in and with 120 teams competing, as well as raffles, barbeque and live music, the day raised over $5,000. With the funds raised, Ally and David, on behalf of the whole community, were able to sponsor a bed on the Cockatoo Ward, where Roman had spent three months recovering.

Encouraged by the overwhelming community support, preparations are already underway for a bigger and better event in 2018. Keep an eye on our website to find out how you can be involved in next year’s event.


Riley Docker

Three Beds, Butterfly and Cockatoo

Riley Docker was a born fighter. His arrival was cause for celebration for his parents and two older brothers, but it soon became clear that Riley’s little body was very sick.

From day one he battled. Riley suffered a seizure and serious brain haemorrhaging, with his body thrown out of balance as it reacted to the bleed. “It was devastating,” said mum Melinda. “He was so sick we weren’t allowed to cuddle him.”

A team of specialists in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit worked tireless to help treat Riley and, with the insertion of a temporary shunt to drain fluids from his brain, the Dockers were able to take their little fighter home just four weeks later. “Throughout the whole experience the wonderful RCH team didn’t just care for Riley, they cared for us”.

Riley’s family wanted to do something to give back, and, after reaching out to the RCH, choosing to sponsor a bed so they could directly support the teams that helped Riley the most.

Eight months on, Riley’s had a permanent shunt inserted, and the little fighter is successfully achieving all of his developmental milestones under the watchful eye of his two adoring brothers.

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