Maddie (Donaghy) Francis
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In 2021 NICU Cheer the Easter Bunny helped us deliver our first ever Easter Bags (250 total) to parents at Melbourne's 5 major neonatal intensive care units at:

Mercy Hospital for Women NICU

Royal Women's Hospital NICU
Monash Children's NICU

The Royal Children's Hospital NICU
Joan Kirner Women + Children's Hospital NICU

+ little hampers of treats for the staff too.


It takes a large village to do what we do so THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU of donate, volunteer, pack and help in so many many ways, I appreciate all of it so much.

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We always need more Snuggle Hearts so if you or anyone you know can do even the most basic of sewing please check out our template and instructions here for the simple flat fabric hearts. The Snuggle Hearts are gifted in pairs for Mum to wear one down her top (or Dad) and the baby sleeps on or near the other one in their NICU cot.


The hearts are then swapped around so that the parent and child ca remain bonded through scent. If you cannot sew or you would just like to donate something you can buy instead please see our online gift-registry for Easter books and other items that we need at



our first ever NICU Cheer Easter delivery to NICUs across Melbourne.

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