Max Fleet

Wii pans out well for kids

IF the kids at The Tweed Hospital children's ward say they are going to play with their Wii, the nurses don't need to hide the bed pan.

The ward received a welcome donation of a Nintendo Wii earlier this week from the workers at Country Energy's Tweed depot.

When the depot's social club bought a new television for their meal and training room, it came with a brand new Wii console.

Tweed area manager Doug Nicholls said the club deliberated on what to do with the gaming console and decided to give it to the children at The Tweed Hospital.

“There are a lot of good causes, but after some discussion we decided we'd like to offer it to the children's ward,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Everyone thought it was a fantastic idea; the staff agreed they had nothing to lose by giving it to the hospital which helps so many kiddies out.

“We all live and work in the local community, we know the hospital does a great job and we're sure the children will have a lot of fun with the Wii.”

Mr Nicholls joked the kids might even have to push the staff out of the way to have a go at their new games.

The Country Energy workers even delved into their own pockets to buy an extra controller plus extra games Big Family Games and Big Beach Sports.

The Wii console was officially handed over to the children's ward nursing manager and the hospital's assist- ant director of nursing, Wendy Howell.

A North Coast Area Health Service spokeswoman said it was a “beautiful” donation to the ward.

“A Wii 2 is definitely up there as one of the things that kids are after, and they love it,” the spokeswoman said.

She said the console had been plugged in and the children were enjoying the games.

And it does have a purpose above pure entertainment.

“It is also good for the kids to learn their co-ordination skills,” the spokeswoman said.

Mr Nicholls said it was the first time the Tweed Country Energy depot had donated to the hospital and they would like to do so again.

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