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Westmead’s Bear Cottage

Bear Cottage, located in Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, provides respite and end-of-life care to children with life-limiting conditions and support to their families. It is the only children’s hospice in NSW and provides a range of specialised therapies that are delivered in ways that allow children and families to feel at home.

Since 2010, the Ottomin Foundation has funded the Music Therapist position at Bear Cottage, as well as the cost of many instruments and equipment used in the music therapy sessions. In 2013, the Foundation gifted funds for the creation of a music garden. The Music Therapy Program gives the child, parents and friends the opportunity to communicate their love, sadness, respect, and happiness through a non-verbal environment and is especially important when the children are unable to express themselves through speech.

The Foundation is a regular sponsor of the A Bear Affair, a black-tie charity fundraising event held annually for Bear Cottage. Support has also been additionally extended through Charity Committee member, Jennie Kovacs’, involvement as a regular volunteer at the Bear Cottage hospice.

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“I started volunteering at Bear Cottage in 2011 as part of the play and art therapy team. Whether it’s reading to the children, drawing cartoons with the siblings or just being company to a family going through a hard time, my Friday mornings spent there are the most fulfilling time of my week. It can be stressful but with the amazing support of staff, nurses and other volunteers, helping out at Bear Cottage is special and it’s a privilege to get to know some of the brave children and families who visit.”
Jennie Kovacs
Jennie Kovacs
Ottomin Foundation