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Children in remote areas are now closer to specialist medical appointments and treatment at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital

25 October, 2015.

Children in remote areas will be closer to specialist medical appointments and treatment at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital after the launch of air and ground transport service Little Wings at Maitland Airport today.

Little Wings, which provides free flights from remote areas for children with life threatening illnesses, will use a $50,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to shuttle young patients and their carers from Maitland Airport in a brand new modified van.

"The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is very proud to help provide this critical link for families in remote areas to access medical services for their sick children," said Foundation Executive Officer, Jason Bourke.

“Children and their families who are affected by serious illnesses face significant emotional, practical and financial difficulties. This service allows patients to travel home quickly and more frequently, reducing the strain on the children, family and friends,” he said.

The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is very proud to help provide this critical link for families in remote areas to access medical services for their sick children

"Little Wings is the only organisation offering this kind of service, operating within a highly regulated environment so families can be sure of their safety," Mr Bourke said.

The new Little Wings flight program will provide 50 free flights from patients’ homes to Maitland Airport this year, linked by the new van to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, according to Managing Director, Richelle Koller.

"Our flight program requires the support of efficient and effective ground support transport to allow patients and their families to travel comfortably and easily between the airport and hospital, which we can now access thanks to the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation," she said.

"The Little Wings mission is to provide a free, safe, professional and high quality flight service for children from rural and regional NSW suffering from serious illnesses to access specialised medical services," Ms Koller said.

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