WORTH THE WAIT: Patricia Verran and her son Bailey (left) and friends Jess White and others who supported the call in getting a new special shopping trolley in Coles Yamba. Photo Debrah Novak
WORTH THE WAIT: Patricia Verran and her son Bailey (left) and friends Jess White and others who supported the call in getting a new special shopping trolley in Coles Yamba. Photo Debrah Novak

Roll on people power

ANYONE who doesn't need a crash-course in shopping trolley manoeuvring is kidding themselves.

As for Trish Verran, she deserves a solid high-five.

While the rest of us battle the flimsy wheels and over-excited turning circles of a trolley, Ms Verran has her hands well and truly full.

She pushes her son Bailey in a wheelchair up front, drags a trolley behind and holds onto her other son - all the while doing the grocery shopping.

So when she heard about a Coles in Mackay receiving a special needs trolley, she rallied the troops to try to get one at her local supermarket in Yamba.

"I contacted the Coles customer care line and they told me nationwide, only 20 stores had these special needs trolleys and that they were custom-made and only supplied to stores that had the most requests for them," Ms Verran said.

So she reached out to her Facebook and email contacts.

Just three days later, enough requests had been sent to Coles and Ms Verran got the phone call she had been waiting for.

"They said we will have one within three months," she said.

"I am so extremely excited."

Ms Verran said the trolley, which has an inbuilt seat that carries up to 70kg, would not only service her family, but others too.

"It's not only for kids, but older people who might be in walkers can use it as well," she said.

Ms Verran thanked everyone who answered her call for support.



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