Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in New South Wales, one of three in Australia, and the only one in the world directly affiliated with a children’s hospital. It is a very special place that is dedicated to providing support, respite and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Bear Cottage understands how difficult and devastating it is for a family to find out their child has a life-limiting condition and the reality that diagnosis brings. Their goal is to support families through every stage of their child’s condition as it progresses.

Hyundai Help for Kids is supporting Bear Cottage through their Play Therapy program. The play program at Bear Cottage aims to provide activities and an environment which promotes adding life to years, days and moments. The program incorporates in-house activities, both one-to-one and in groups, as well as outings and visiting specialists such as musicians, storytellers and the Clown Doctors – another wonderful beneficiary of our Hyundai Help for Kids initiative.

Our support will go specifically towards a weekend Child Life Therapist at Bear Cottage. Weekend play therapy is different to the weekdays. The cottage tends to be busy and is filled with siblings of their patients. This is a very important time given that the family is all together as it provides the opportunity to create memories that the family will forever cherish.

“It is a basic right for a child to be able to play” – United Nations Convention of the Rights of a Child.