Sky1’s ultimate Christmas gift… NOEL’S CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

by Lisa McGarry

A Christmas TV institution returns to its new home on Sky. Noel’s Christmas Presents rewards some of the UK’s most deserving, hard-working and selfless individuals with a special Christmas gift that means so much to each grateful recipient. Noel Edmonds will make dreams come true by surprising people across the country with the special gift they thought they would never receive. The enjoyment will be in full flow as Noel sees each life-changing present through from start to finish, ensuring that each unique recipient has an experience to remember. In 2007, Noel’s Christmas Present was the most watched show in Sky homes, and touched the hearts of over 1.4million viewers.

In the first inspirational story Noel rewards Cameron Small; a nine year 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. From organising raffles, fun days and car washes and even running a junior marathon to raise funds for the hospital he attends, our hero is unstoppable. Noel takes Cameron and his family to Florida for a Simpson experience at Universal Studios theme park, for their first family holiday in six years.

Alan Barrett is a devoted animal lover who gets a fitting present from Noel, in recognition of his volunteer work at a dog rescue centre. Although in need of a heart transplant and with mild learning difficulties, he also supports his sister Julie who suffers from ME and depression. His unwavering devotion to the rescue centre means that he travels two hours to get there and spends his own money trying to get the dogs re-homed. Alan’s disability means that he is unable to work with larger animals, his lifelong ambition. Noel packs him and Julie off on a trip of a lifetime to the Kruger Safari in South Africa.

Last year, one very special family postponed the festivities to be at the bedside of their loved one who was to undergo a vital operation on Christmas Day. Andy and Liz Brown have four children including Robert, 15, who has cerebral palsy. The close knit family took up residence on Robert’s hospital ward so that they could remain together on the most special day of the year. Prior to their son’s latest health set-back, Andy had discussed the idea of surprising Liz by renewing their wedding vows, put plans were understandably put on hold. Noel organises a wonderful, tailor made gift for the family who are treated to a holiday to remember at Disneyland Florida.

In September 2007, Northumberland hit the headlines when the town of Morpeth was devastated by severe flooding. 1,300 people were evacuated from their homes and lost most or all of their belongings including furniture, clothes and toys. 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 was joined by former X Factor finalists Same Difference, presenter Zoe Salmon, Sooty and of course Santa, for an afternoon to remember.

This is just the tip of the ice-berg; these and many more touching stories will be brought together at Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome. Joined by a live audience, Noel Edmonds will retell each of these special stories and hear from each recipient about their unique …Christmas Present’s experience, and what being part of the uplifting show means to them. There’ll also be some other surprises in store throughout the 90-minute special with his affectionate brand of heart-warming story telling.

For traditional, feel-good family entertainment this Christmas, don’t miss Noel’s Christmas Presents, exclusively on Sky1 and Sky1 HD, Sunday 21st December at 6pm.