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Meet Sparkles the Coastal Caring Clown

We are lucky to have two clown services entertaining and providing a welcome distraction to our patients at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. We caught up with Sparkles who is part of the volunteer group – Coastal Caring Clowns.

How long have you been volunteering with the Coastal Caring Clowns?

I joined the Coastal Caring Clowns 3 years ago.

Can you tell us a story of a visit to a memorable patient?

Pencils and I recently met a young girl of around 5 on the ward. She was quite shy to begin with. We showed her some magic tricks, then we had to leave as the nurses came in. She didn’t want us to leave but we promised that we would call back in after. When we returned, she was so animated this time round telling us stories of her dog, etc. When we had to leave, she burst into tears as she didn’t want us to leave.

Tell us something about you that others may not know?

I am a Grandmother of 8 grandkids whom I adore

What days do you visit the Children’s Ward at SCUH?

On a rostered Friday morning.