Holly Cheyne loved to play on the iPad during her time at Hawke's Bay Hospital and when her family found out they had been stolen, Tremains agreed to replace them.

Mother of Holly and Tremains real estate agent, Nikki Cheyne said she instantly wanted to help as she knew how much the devices had assisted her daughter during her time in the children's ward.

"They helped Holly get through her treatment as they acted as a distraction giving her something else to focus on and also worked as a positive learning tool."

Play specialist, Pamela McCullough, said the iPads were great for preparing children for treatment.


"A lot of them are nervous or scared and there are applications on the iPad that show them what certain things are or the sounds they make. If someone was getting an MRI scan it would tell them all about it so they could get comfortable before they see it in real life."

Holly, 10, said she was able to play Monopoly on the iPad during her peripherally-inserted central catheter procedure.

"I was scared but I just played lots and lots of Monopoly and it really helped a lot."

Tremains Rentals general manager, Suz Hall said when Ms Cheyne told her about the iPads going missing the company was happy to show support.

"We decided they were important to replace, so we donated two iPads to the ward," Ms Hall said.

Ms McCullough said the support had been amazing as another family and retailer Harvey Norman each donated an iPad.

"When the family went to Harvey Norman to get the iPad, they shared the story and the store decided to give us one, too."

At one stage the ward had only one iPad in circulation among 26 people, so the children often had to queue or wait their turn.

Ms McCullough was extremely grateful and happy the ward now had four iPads to keep children entertained.