Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Donations and Charities

Donations and Charities

Gifts and Donations to the
Women's and Children's Hospital

Gifts and Donations Gratefully Received

The Women's and Children's Hospital is extremely grateful to receive donations or gifts from the public.

As a health service, we are guided by strict infection control policies and safety considerations which may prevent us from distributing certain types of gifts.

Below is some information to help donors get the best results for our young patients out of their generous donations.

Care and Handling

All donations are assessed for their safety and appropriateness. Hospital Play Therapists ensure that our patients receive the best toy for their age group, gender, medical needs and interests.

Safety Considerations

Special thought needs to be given to the types of toys donated to make sure that they are suitable for the young babies, sick children or adolescents.

  • Please keep in mind that most of our patients are confined to a hospital bed. If possible, try to give gifts that children can do something with, and that are stimulating and engaging for them. Please avoid toys with small parts that can be a potential choking hazard.
  • Please ensure that toys and gifts are not gift wrapped, to allow for individual safety assessment and age grouping by hospital staff.

Types of Donations and Gifts Needed

The following items are always popular:

  • Art and craft supplies
  • Birthday or celebratory decorations
  • DVDs suitable for children or adolescents
  • Interactive (computer and console) games
  • New soft toys
  • New handmade quilts and pillow cases
  • Books
  • Baby toys
  • Board games
  • Jewellery, fragrances, or other gift items for young teenagers
  • Gift vouchers
  • Knitted teddies
  • Please note: we currently have a large stock of knitted baby clothes and beanies, and limited storage space. Please call the Media and Communications office on 8161 8348 for advise on what knitted items can be accepted.

Accepted as New Items Only

  • All soft or fluffy toys, wooden items and games donated to the Hospital must be new, never used items.

Some Second Hand Items Can be Accepted

  • Some large second hand plastic items may be accepted if they are in excellent condition and can be easily cleaned and disinfected. Please ring Media and Communications on 8161 8348 first to check if the hospital can use your donation.
  • Second hand books, magazines, comics (in excellent condition) can be used in waiting rooms
  • Second hand clothing (in excellent condition) for babies and children can be used by several departments.

Items Not Accepted

Unfortunately the following items cannot be accepted:

  • Donations of food or sweets of any kind
  • Dirty or damaged items of any sort
  • Second hand soft toys
  • Second hand dolls of any sort
  • Furniture or second hand bedding
  • Second hand wooden toys
  • Unfortunately second hand computers or analogue televisions are not compatible with technical systems at the hospital. However these second hand computers may be useful for the Department of Premier and Cabinet's 'Smart State PC Donation Program'.

More Information

For special donations or if you have any queries please telephone the Media and Communications office on (08) 8161 8348.

Delivery of Goods

To ensure your delivery reaches us, please label your donation clearly to:

Media and Communications
Samuel Way Building, Mezzanine Level
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006

Donations may also be left during business hours at the hospital Information Desk, in either the Kermode Street entrance foyer or the Queen Victoria entrance foyer.

Friends of WCH

The Friends of the Women's and Children's Hospital Incorporated is a not-for-profit association that supports the work of the Women's and Children's Hospital through fundraising and volunteer support.

Friends of WCH Inc. has been operating since 1993, and we now have around 1000 members who come from all regions of South Australia to volunteer their time and resources.

Funds raised by Friends of WCH Inc. goes towards purchasing equipment, improving facilities, and supporting research at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Link iconFriends of WCH Inc. web pages

last modified: 13 Sep 2016