North Shore Mums Smiles2U aims to bring care and comfort to the many children, adults and carers who pass through the doors of our local hospitals every day. Hospitals for many people are a stressful and traumatic experience. Our packages are made to help everyone’s needs when disaster strikes.
These packs have been carefully put together with items to support the patient with comfort and care whilst going through a very challenging time in their lives.
Smiles2U was created by three North Shore mums who saw a need for care packages for children, along with their parents and carers. Michelle Key, Michelle Barry and Sarah Collison have all experienced the Emergency Department first hand and know how valuable these packs are for those worrying times.
Meet the team
Michelle Key lives on the Upper North Shore and is a Mum to three young children. Michelle has a passion for helping others in need and Smiles2U is exactly that - helping a Mum or Child in need. Having had first hand experiences with her three boys at an early age in Emergency, Michelle knows that it requires a lot of patience, distraction and ideas in keeping a young child comfortable when medical staff are assisting them. There is nothing worse than arriving at a hospital with nothing to keep a child happy or something to eat or drink. Our packs are here to provide you that bit of comfort when you're going through a challenging time.
Michelle Barry lives on the Lower North Shore in Sydney and is a Mum to two pre-school aged children. With 23 years working in health coupled with a few personal experiences of her own with local Emergency Department visits with a sick child, Michelle identified a need for more resources to not only keep children entertained during the hospital visit but also distract the anticipation and actual procedure, text or examination.
Most hospital presentations for children are unplanned. As a parent, we are either racing from home, park, field etc with the bag we had packaed for that occassion. There are times when an overnight stay happens, and we are there without any of the basics. No toothbrush, facecream, snacks or soothing tea to help make the experience a little more comfortable. That is why we also wanted to focus on the parents by putting together some care packages to help them during the hospital stay too.
Sarah Collison lives on the Upper North Shore and is a Mum to two girls. Having experienced first hand the experience of being in hospital with a child, finding ways to keep them entertained and distracted was at times stressful and overwhelming. As an Occupational Therapist finding meaningful activities for children and their carers was recognised as a need in our local hospitals. Knowing that families have access to something that helps make their stay just that little bit easier is what Smiles 2U is all about.
"Bringing a smile to Parents, Carers and Children during their hospital stay."