One Mother to Another is an award-winning charity which through the simple act of gift giving, cares for and empowers parents and whānau in hospital with a sick child, as well as mothers who are going through their own health journey while juggling motherhood.


We provide over 5,000 care packages a year to mums and carers across the South Island. Our aim is to comfort and support whānau in a particularly vulnerable time.

 “It definitely lifted my spirits and gave me the strength I needed to be there and strong for my daughter.” – Esther

5,000+ packs each year

420+ packs per month

8 Hospitals & 3 Community Organisations

18 Hospital Wards & Community Organisations

Stories from some very special mothers who have received a care pack…

Each gift bag is slightly different but has 3 purposes – to provide…

Practical help

In each pack we include items to make a hospital stay more comfortable, such as toiletries, tea and coffee, snacks and chocolate which ensure a parent or carer does not have to leave their child’s side. The packs also include our bespoke gratitude journal which has been designed to help with mental wellbeing in the hospital setting. Drink bottles, hand cream, lip balm, toothbrush/ toothpaste and writing equipment are also included.


We want mums and carers to feel special, loved, appreciated and cared for. Both founders spent time in hospital with their young children so they know the vulnerabilities of this time. We want our packs to make people feel valued, seen and understood. Each pack contains a handwritten note of encouragement (written by our team of volunteers) and a handmade crocheted heart and a magnet of encouragement.

Something special

We know that in most cases mums and carers put other’s needs ahead of their own. We take pride and joy in adding some beautiful ‘treat’ items in each pack, including one or more gifts ranging from earrings to beauty products as well as a magazine. We want to spoil the recipient in a small way and we know these luxuries are greatly appreciated.

  “It brought tears to my eyes. At a time where I thought things couldn’t get any worse, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel.” – Mum

 “These are so so much more than a gift bag” – Jess

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Sometimes the simplest gestures of kindness can be the most effective. I believe One Mother to Another encompasses the Māori saying “Aroha atu, Aroha mai – Love given, Love returned”. Former Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, Patron

What people say

Recently my youngest baby was sick and with two toddlers at home, the idea of a sick baby and hospital stay was incredibly stressful. I was absolutely blown away when our nurse handed me a gift bag! Inside we’re treats and practical items which made me feel so cared about! I went from feeling an absolute mess with worry about my girl, to feeling humbled and joyful that people cared enough to recognise the strain that sickness has on parents. The bag truly was like sunshine in a very cloudy day. Bless you guys heaps xx

It’s a lovely thing to acknowledge the impact these environments can have on mums and something little like this just helps us to give a little self care and feel special.

Our Purpose:
Through the simple act of gift giving, we care for and empower parents and whānau with sick babies and children.

From One Mother To Another

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A huge thank you to Dilmah for their ongoing support of One Mother to Another. They’ve been a sponsor now for SIX years! One of

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As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to catch some much needed sleep while in a hospital ward. Thank you so much to

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💜💜 Feedback Friday 💜💜 "My 9-year-old daughter was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. As I sat at her bedside, unsure of the future, a

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Volunteer Profile - Angela Jones from Angela Jones - Portraits Angela is a long-standing supporter of One Mother to Another by taking some of the

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💜💜Feedback Friday💜💜 "We just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the pack we received. We have just had our baby boy (13/03/24)

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