Harold gets hospital health check

His results were all clear, but Healthy Harold was a little shaky as nurses gave him a quick blood test at the Illawarra Hospital School on Wednesday.

The Life Education Australia giraffe made his first trip to the school, which supports the education of students at Wollongong Hospital, to spread some Christmas cheer to kids spending the start of their summer on the children's ward.

Their wide grins and giggles as Harold handed out showbags and wrapped them in warm hugs were proof his appearance was welcome, with some hospital staff as keen to see him as the children, lining the corridors to get a quick glimpse.

Speaking on behalf of Harold, Life Education Illawarra representative Brenda Lewis said he had been feeling apprehensive about his visit.

"Harold was a bit nervous about coming to the hospital because he's never been to one before.

"But he wanted to brighten the kids' days up and show them how important it is to look after themselves."

Healthy Harold regularly visits schools to teach children about the benefits of staying healthy.

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