Noel’s Christmas Presents returns to Sky1

by Lisa McGarry

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Noel’s Christmas Presents returns to Sky1 this Christmas to reward more of the nation’s most deserving, hard-working and selfless individuals with a Christmas present they’ll never forget. Noel Edmonds will be surprising people across the country with more money can’t buy treats and trips, seeing to it personally that each of our specially chosen recipients has the time of their lives. Noel’s Christmas Presents is on Sunday 20th December. Viewers will also get a chance to revisit some of the faces featured in the last two years of the show in Noel’s Christmas Past.

This year viewers will have the chance to meet an inspirational RAF Corporal, who defied all the odds to survive a horrific motorcycle accident, breaking 64 medical records along the way, helped by the love and support of his wife and three young children. Now undergoing rehabilitation treatment at Headley Courtand suffering with memory loss, our brave Corporal will be rewarded by Noel with the holiday of a lifetime for him and his family, and the chance to make new, wonderful memories.

Two game for a laugh grandmas are next up to receive a festive treat. Together Margaret (83) and Olive (71) have been collecting money for 36 years and have raised over a million pounds in total for children’s charities in the North East. They grew up together and are a regular sight on the streets dressed as cowgirls, fairies or schoolgirls, shaking their collection tins in and around the many nightclubs of Newcastle. Noel’s present is a civic thank you from all the people these remarkable women have helped, and a trip of a lifetime to the home of line dancing, Tennessee.

Next to receive a festive gift is a courageous woman Valerie (66) who has spent the last ten years fighting breast cancer. In this time she has tirelessly worked to set up a specialist centre at Doncaster Royal Infirmary dedicated to offering free treatments to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Valerie not only looks after the day-to-day running of the centre but is also involved in organising its three major fundraising events each year. The centre has been so successful that a second centre has just opened at another hospital nearby. Noel’s present is to be an extension to the second centre and a magical family reunion for this wonderful woman.

It’s back to school for another of Noel’s unforgettable gifts as a much-loved, inspirational headmaster is rewarded for determinedly working to reverse the fortunes of his school near Bolton. In just six months, he turned his school around by uniting staff, parents and pupils. Unfortunately his celebrations were short lived after he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May this year. Throughout his treatment he only took 12 days off school and is determined not to let his condition get in the way of the school’s remarkable progress. Noel’s present will reward our headmaster with a musical treat he’ll never forget!

And there’s plenty more surprises in store, including the concert of a lifetime for three brave sisters, and more heartwarming treats as Noel brings everything together in one magical night, to be filmed at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln this Christmas.

A festive favourite with viewers of all ages, Noel’s Christmas Presents has firmly established its place as must-see Christmas TV on Sky1 HD and Sky1, with last year’s show becoming the most watched programme for the entire year, achieving a cumulative audience of over 3.5 million. This year’s show will premiere on Sunday 20th December 2009, exclusive to Sky1 HD and Sky1.

Another treat is in store for fans of this memorable show with Noel’s Christmas Past. A chance to re-visit some of the magical moments from the past two years and see how Noel’s presents have changed lives and helped those in need. Noel’s Christmas Past is on Sunday 6th December on Sky1 HD and Sky1.

Viewers will have the chance to revisit the Forces Trust children, a group of children who have the shared experience of losing fathers in the forces to accidents and ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, who were treated to a magical trip to the wintery heartland of Christmas in Lapland.

Also featured is Jack Birch, a selfless twelve year old boy with a caring and sympathetic attitude to his younger brother, suffering from a rare brain disorder. Jack got the chance to meet his favourite Premiership stars in Middlesbrough, as well as taking a special Christmas holiday abroad.

We also catch up with local community legend Smudge, a man suffering with Down’s Syndrome who has spent his life raising money for charities and supporting people he sees as less fortunate than himself. An avid Deal or No Deal and WWE Wrestling fan, Smudge was taken closer to both than ever before.

Another courageous boy we see again is Cameron Small, a ten year old fan of The Simpson’s who has put his own illness aside in order to help others. Diagnosed with a rare blood disease at age one, this selfless young boy inspires and motivates his entire family who so far have raised over £80,000 for local charities. After Noel took Cameron and his family to Florida for a Simpson experience at Universal Studios theme park, we now see how the many funds Cameron has raised have been put to good use.

And finally we see how the Morpeth Flood Victims in Northumberland have recovered from their devastation after Noel’s Christmas Present’s pulled out all the stops and put on a star-studded surprise party for some of the families whose lives took a severe blow.

Noel’s Christmas Past is on Sunday 6th December at Sky1 HD and Sky1 at 18.00.

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