Spending time in hospital can be long, uncomfortable and arduous, especially for a child.
Any form of a reprieve can make a huge difference, which is why Coles Taree has spent the last few months fundraising to purchase Star Wars inspired virtual reality headsets and a Polaroid camera for Manning Hospital's children's ward.
The store held a raffle, with all proceeds going towards the purchase of the gear. In-store barbecues have also been a fundraising hit with shoppers.
Nurse unit manager Tracey Laidlaw thanked the store for its ongoing support and said the headsets will "diversify therapy".
"It really helps the children while they're here," she said.
"We've very grateful for Coles' support."
The ward is currently Coles Taree's primary fundraising cause. Last year, the store raised funds to buy an iPad.
Cole Taree manager Chris Tisdell told Manning River Times in August 2018 the store and the community can work together to make a difference to sick children.
"We are really looking for support on this from the local community to try to make the unfortunate children that are affected by illness as comfortable as possible during their stay in hospital," Mr Tisdell said.
Meanwhile, the ward will soon be the beneficiary of a make-over. Funds have been allocated to conduct renovations this year.
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