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Region’s Coles shoppers help raise $261,000 for John Hunter Children’s Hospital

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Warners Bay Coles shoppers have raised more than $12,000 for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital – in just two weeks.

As part of a statewide campaign to get sick babies and children home sooner post treatment, grocery buyers at the bayside store have contributed to a record-breaking $660,000 raised in NSW, $261,000 of which will stay here in the Hunter.

During what has become Coles’ most successful single fundraising appeal for Curing Homesickness, $1.3 million was raised from donation cards, customer donations, store fundraising and sales of Mum’s Sause pasta sauces and pizza sauce within a fortnight.

The total sum exceeded the retail giant’s expectations.

Warner’s Bay was the third highest fundraising store in NSW, raising $12,488 for the cause.

Wallsend, Waratah, Newcastle Junction and Toronto were not far behind with $11,350, $11,335, $9,597 and $8,949 respectively.

The Curing Homesickness fundraising appeal will help enable John Hunter Children’s Hospital to pilot an early transfer home service for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients. 

This year’s record appeal takes the total funds raised for Curing Homesickness to nearly $2 million since 2019 when Mum’s Sause first hit the shelves at Coles. 

John Hunter Children’s Hospital executive director for children, young people and families Paul Craven said the funds raised in the Hunter New England Local Health District will help make a difference to regional families. 

“This campaign has been the most successful since the beginning of our partnership with Coles and we have been blown away by the amazing support of our local community and local Coles stores,” he said. 

“We are extremely appreciative of all of the hard work and fundraising over the past two weeks. 

“The funds raised will help change the lives of babies and families who are being cared for in NICU at John Hunter Children’s Hospital and ensure they get home from hospital sooner.” 

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