Gifts delight young patients

SEVEN-year-old Jack Schneider was given reason to smile for the first time in three days yesterday, as he opened gifts from the Variety Children's Charity.

The organisation presented a haul of presents to Launceston General Hospital's paediatric ward yesterday as part of an annual Christmas visit.

Events and fund-raising co- ordinator Katrina Dennis said the paediatric unit had given them a wish-list, including a Wii console, sports packs, DVDs and board games.

"All year long we work hard to raise funds for Tassie kids that are disadvantaged or have special needs, so today's really about giving back," Ms Dennis said.

For Jack's mum, Tanya Schneider, of Hadpsen, it was all worthwhile to see her son smile.

She said he hadn't cracked a grin since stomach problems saw him hospitalised again on Monday.

"He's had a miserable couple of days and it's just really nice to see," she said.

"He has many admissions through the year and every time we come in there's new toys - different toys - and it just makes his stay easier."

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