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Barfoot & Thompson Invest in Prime Hospital Views

Starship's Level 4 balcony is to be transformed to create a much-needed space that can be enjoyed by patients, their families and staff at the national children's hospital, thanks to funding from Starship Foundation Five Star Sponsor, Barfoot & Thompson.

Gathering together this morning [Eds: Friday 4 March] to celebrate the launch of projects funded in 2015, Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director, Peter Thompson, was pleased to unveil the plans for the balcony improvement as this year's new project. Barfoot & Thompson staff and salespeople will fundraise to raise $160,000 towards the upgrade as part of their annual staff challenge for Starship.

Thompson immediately saw the potential for the balcony - a calm outdoor respite away from the confines of the hospital walls for patients, as well as a separate outdoor area for staff to enjoy during breaks, with sweeping views over both Auckland city and the harbour.

"When the Starship Foundation team presented us with this funding opportunity, it was a no-brainer," he said. "The scope of the project provides a natural fit with our business and delivers tangible benefits for the wellbeing of Starship patients, families and staff."

Standing on the soon to be refurbished balcony area at Starship. (L to R) Bryan Mogridge, Chairman Starship Foundation; Garth Barfoot, Director Barfoot & Thompson; Keven Mealamu, Barfoot & Thompson Ambassador to Starship; Peter Thompson, Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director.

The majority of the balcony is currently inaccessible, shut off behind fencing for safety. The improvements will significantly extend the usable outdoor space and incorporate shade sails to provide a safe and comfortable environment for Starship patients, their families and the medical teams to enjoy. It is likely building work will commence in the summer of 2016/2017.

During the launch event, Barfoot & Thompson staff were treated to a special tour of Starship's newly refurbished Operating Rooms. Opened in July 2015, these were part-funded by the company through money gifted in celebration of Barfoot & Thompson's 90th birthday.

The launch event also marked the presentation of key projects they helped fund in 2015. Raising $200,000 as part of their staff challenge, the company was able to present Starship with both a nuclear medicine sedation area for paediatric patients and brand new blinds and curtains for several hospital wards. The previous curtains, originally installed when the hospital opened 24 years ago, were thread-bare and outdated. Modern technology has enabled the installation of brand new sunscreen and black out blinds in clinical areas, enhancing privacy for families and ensuring a peaceful sleeping environment for children.

The money for the projects is all raised by the Barfoot & Thompson staff and salespeople, through quiz and movie nights, sporting fundraisers, garage sales and other special events.

Starship Foundation Chief Executive, Brad Clark, added; "We are so fortunate to have the generous and hardworking team from Barfoot & Thompson behind us, and thank them on behalf of all the young patients and families from all over the country, for their wonderful and ongoing contribution to Starship."

Starship Children's Health General Manager, Emma Maddren, said; "The new curtains, the nuclear medicine facility, and now the approval to proceed with the new outdoor environment all play a big part in enhancing the hospital stay of our patients and their families. We are truly grateful to Barfoot & Thompson and the Starship Foundation for enabling our vision for this outdoor space to be realised."

Barfoot & Thompson is a Five Star Sponsor of the Starship Foundation, which raises essential funds for equipment, service, research, training and support facilities at the national children's hospital. Since 2003 Barfoot & Thompson has raised more than $2.5 million for our national children's hospital.

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