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Residents raise cash for Neonatal Unit with Christmas lights display


Residents of Myrtle Road, Sharon and Steve Smith, have raised over £900 for the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by creating a festive wonderland outside their Exeter home.

Last month Steve and Sharon adorned their house with a whole host of Christmas lights and festive decorations, including dozens of fairy lights, a traditional nativity scene, an inflatable merry-go-round and a sprinkling of fake snow.

They did it all in aid of the RD&E’s Neonatal Unit, displaying posters asking passers-by who stopped to admire the display to consider helping them support their chosen charity.
Steve Smith said: “This is the first year we’ve decorated the house for charity and we wanted to do it properly. We offered people mince pies and hot chocolate, they had the chance to have their photo taken with Santa and the kids loved the snow and the bubbles. It was there for everyone to share.”

 “We were worried that no one would come and see it” added Sharon Smith, “but then we thought if you build it they will come. And once photos of the house got on Facebook and in the newspaper we were amazed at how many did. We couldn’t believe the generosity of people.”

The couple chose to support the NNU as friends and neighbours have spent time on the unit and they were keen to support a local cause.  They raised an impressive £915 in total and recently visited the NNU at the RD&E in Wonford to see how their donation will make a difference.

Sue Prosser, Senior Nurse for the Neonatal Unit at the RD&E, explained: “We’re very grateful to Steve and Sharon for supporting us this year. We plan to use their donation to help make improvements to environment in our NNU. Many of our families spend a great deal of time here on the unit, and so funding like this will help us to make their stay more comfortable and their surroundings more homely.”     


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