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AYAH welcomes first patient

The Australian-first Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) in Manly welcomed its first patient in February.

Nineteen-year-old Jamieson Leeson is spending two weeks at the new waterfront AYAH where she is receiving respite care. 

Jamieson graduated from Bear Cottage over a year ago and knows just how important the care and respite services provided at the AYAH are.

“It has been a bit tough not having any respite for the past year so it’s really exciting to be here,” she said. 

“I’ve really enjoyed being here and meeting all the staff and settling into the new place, and Mum gets a break too.”

Jamieson, who is from Dunedoo in central western NSW, leads a busy life as a Paralympian boccia player and Bachelor of Economics student at the University of New South Wales.

“It has been great having the time to relax and do a puzzle, watch a movie or spend time with my mum and family,” Jamieson said. 

Originally published on 28/03/23.

It’s really cool here – I love the beach and warm summer air.
Jamieson Leeson

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