Sick boy smiles at great gesture

Katie Masterson with her son Patrick Watchorn and the gifts donated from Rockhampton businesses.
Katie Masterson with her son Patrick Watchorn and the gifts donated from Rockhampton businesses. Chris Ison

THE smallest things have put the biggest smile on Patrick Watchorn's face.

And it's all thanks to the generosity of Rockhampton businesses.

The nine-year-old battles chronic kidney disease and his grandmother Debra McMullen called around asking for small donations to cheer him up.

"I think I just called them (businesses) on pure emotion and wasn't expecting anyone to say yes," Debra said yesterday.

"The response was amazing.

"Neil from Power Jam said yes before I had finished the sentence, and I made it clear that I was only asking if they could donate something small… anything to put a smile on this brave little boy's face," she said.

Debra said Patrick, who has to go for treatment at Rockhampton Hospital every week, was left breathless.

"He rang me up, full of excitement, and when he went to the model shop, Gordon was helping him pick things out.

Patrick said: "I've got enough now thank you," recalled Debra.

Patrick's mum Katie Masterson said it could be a 10-year wait for Patrick to be eligible for a kidney transplant.

"He vomits every day, he hasn't been to school since October because he's just too sick, so he was so happy to get these gifts," Katie said.

Part-owner of the Capricorn Model Shop Gordon Davey said he was happy to give Patrick something from his store.

"It's hard enough for adults to cope with things like that, and he's got to sit up at the hospital for 12 hours at a time so hopefully the puzzles and colouring pencils will keep him occupied," Gordon said.



  • Neil from Power Jam
  • Gordon from Capricorn Model House
  • Murray from Heilbronn and Co
  • Barb at Captain Nemo's
  • Hayden from KFC
  • Jaquie at Donut King Rockhampton Stockland
  • Brenden from Hungry Jacks
  • Steve at Barra Jacks
  • Rockhampton Birch Carroll and Coyle
  • Len from Len Bauer Massages
  • Norm at Rockhampton Army Disposals
  • Peter from Nestle Peters Ice-cream

Topics:  businesses donations rockhampton sick

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