12 Dec 2018

Christmas appeal for children's beds in Northland

4:24 pm on 12 December 2018

For many Northland children having a bed to jump into at night is something they can only dream about.

Children sleeping on floor.

Photo: 123RF

An appeal is going out this Christmas season for single beds for children in Northland who don't have one.

Ngaire Rae from Manaia Health said more than 300 children in the region were forced to share beds, putting them at higher risk of illness.

She said the beds were needed for more than just comfort.

"Lots of kids are sleeping on mattresses on the floor or sharing beds with family. This increases the risk of spreading diseases like rheumatic fever, and respiratory infections," she said.

A similar appeal last year produced 30 beds - but Ms Rae said a survey had revealed the need was much greater than that.

"We've heard some amazing stories from families that are so appreciative, talking about how the children are getting a better night's sleep and they feel really special that they've got their own space."

Ms Rae said the beds did not have to be new or flash, just serviceable and in reasonable nick.

Anyone with a spare single bed or bedding can drop it off at Habitat for Humanity in Kioreroa Road Whangarēi, or call 438 2250 - and they'll pick it up.

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