Bales4Blair initiative lets farmers donate wool for Southland Charity Hospital build

A group of farmers in the South Island have launched a fundraising campaign to help provide a charity hospital with wool for carpet and insulation.

Bales4Blair was started by Amy Blaikie, Brooke Cameron and Sarah Dooley, and is supporting the Southland Charity Hospital.

The hospital was established last year after the death of Blair Vining.

Vining died after a much-publicised battle with bowel cancer. The hospital is a manifestation of his dying wish, which was for people in Southland to have better access to healthcare.

People wanting to donate to the construction of the hospital can already buy a brick, but Bales4Blair is offering farmers another way to contribute.

Blaikie says farmers are urged to donate wool to help with the insulation and carpeting of the hospital.

She said any "bits and pieces" of wool farmers have will help the project.

"All that will be made into insulation for the walls and the ceiling, and any good stuff, we'll sell it off and it will fund the cost of making insulation - it's going to go towards wool carpet, transportation and any other wool goodies we can think of we can put in the hospital," Blaikie told Dominic George on Magic Talk's Rural Today on Thursday.

She said the building of the hospital was a "fantastic" project, although she lamented the fact it was necessary at all.

"It shouldn't have to be that way - we shouldn't have to build our own hospital, should we - but it is what it is."

Anyone wanting to donate wool can get in touch with the group via Facebook or email them at

Donations can be made until January.