Fairy Sparkle is an inspiration. She began in 1990 simply visiting children in hospitals bringing some happiness and hope. By 1996 Fairy realised this was her calling and she dreamed of being able to do more. She saw a need for patients and their families to escape the gruelling routine that comes with long-term hospital stays. So, she decided to build a Fairy Garden at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick which opened in 1999. The garden has become an important part of life for staff, patients and their families and friends. This one garden has turned into 13 Fairy Gardens in Hospitals around NSW and Queensland.
The Arnott’s Foundation has been supporting Fairy Sparkle for over 10 years, assisting her with her patient visiting and establishing and maintaining her unique gardens. Most recently with the support of The Arnotts Foundation, Fairy has worked on establishing the Fairy Sparkle Garden project. The project aims to support more hospitals to create a sanctuary outside the ward, where patients and their families can go to relax, seek inspiration and interact as a ”normal” family.
In September 2014, Fairy Sparkle was presented with the Order of Australia Medal by the Governor at Government House for her Voluntary Services to Children.
The Arnott’s Foundation, is proud to continue supporting Fairy Sparkle who for more than two decades, accompanied by her now 14-year-old Pomeranian, Inkling, has sung, played and comforted young patients and contributed in such a unique way to improving the quality of life for sick children and their families around Australia.
Find out more about Fairy Sparkle here: www.fairysparkle.com