Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation donates $240,000 to Western Sydney Local Health District

Premmie: Anthony Kastoun was nine days-old when mum Victoria held him for the first time. "I was so excited, but scared at the same time."

Premmie: Anthony Kastoun was nine days-old when mum Victoria held him for the first time. "I was so excited, but scared at the same time."

Giving back to the community is meaty business for Sargents Pies.

Its charity foundation donated $240,000 to the Westmead Medical Research Foundation to fund critically needed equipment and programs across Western Sydney Local Health District.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals will also receive funds for equipment for the WSLHD VET in Schools Program for Assistant in Nursing, based at the Blacktown Simulation Centre.

Since 2011, the Colyton business has donated more than $2 million to the health district, committed to helping western Sydney hospitals.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the incredible efforts of the hard-working doctors and nurses by funding new equipment,” Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation representative Brian Andrews said. “Feedback from families who have benefited from the equipment is most rewarding.”

Victoria Kastoun and her son Anthony star in a new video that recognises Sargents’ contribution to Westmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. It temporarily became her second home 18 months ago when her son was born at 26 weeks. He’s now happy and healthy.

“In Anthony’s crib [at the hospital], there was a plaque saying proudly donated by Sargents Pies and every day, you see that; it made me realise how many people were on Anthony’s journey with us and how many contributed to his care,” Mrs Kastoun said. “Life is a miracle that can’t be taken for granted.”

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