Cessnock Public School makes annual donation of books and games John Hunter Children's Hospital

GENEROUS: Cessnock Public School staff Gail Tsakissiris, Michelle Crowfoot, Natalie McNamara and Merilyn Burton (principal) with some of the items that were donated.
GENEROUS: Cessnock Public School staff Gail Tsakissiris, Michelle Crowfoot, Natalie McNamara and Merilyn Burton (principal) with some of the items that were donated.

Patients at John Hunter Children's Hospital have several new books and games to enjoy during their stay, thanks to ongoing support from Cessnock Public School.

The school has made an annual donation of books, games, toys and craft supplies to the hospital since 2013.

The initiative is led by teacher's aide Gail Tsakissiris, whose late daughter Blaize spent time at the hospital while undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Ms Tsakissiris said this year's donation was the biggest yet, with a raffle raising $1300 thanks to the generosity of staff and local businesses who donated prizes, and toys to be given to the children in hospital.

Ms Tsakissiris retired at the end of 2021 after 23 years at the school, but said she may return to help with the fundraiser this year.

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