Noel gives young family Christmas of a lifetime

FORMER Barnstaple man Steve Carter and his four young children have been given the Christmas of a lifetime thanks to Sky television and presenter Noel Edmonds.

Steve, 38, nominated his children Cameron, nine, Ethan, seven, Aaron, four and Leah, two, for Noel’s Christmas Presents, in which the presenter seeks out people who have faced adversity and been an inspiring example to others and rewards them with a gift to make their Christmas extra special.

Unknown to him, his mother Linda Owens of Bideford, had also nominated Steve.

The five of them were taken to Hamley’s toy store in London, where they were given a special evening tour with Noel Edmonds and a camera crew and the children chose gifts. They also opened boxes, which revealed clues to another surprise – a trip to Orlando in America.

There came a special treat for Harry Potter fans Cameron and Ethan, when they toured the Harry Potter theme park – joined by one of the stars, Rupert Grint, who played Harry’s sidekick Ron Weasley.


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Steve received a surprise of his own when the family went to London this month to see the Noel Edmonds show. Told that Steve was a keen cinema goer, he was presented with tickets to visit the cinema any time he wants for the next year.

The family, now living in Glengormley, Northen Ireland,were struck with tragedy in March 2009 when Steve’s wife Denise died from a brain haemorrhage during the birth of little Leah.

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Since then Steve has brought up his young family single handed, with support from Denise’s family.

Her son had nominated his children because of the trauma and the many emotions they had been through, said Mrs Owens.

She had nominated him because of what he had been through and all he was doing.

“When Denise died he had to make a quick decision and agreed to five of her organs being donated to help others. Five people could have been saved because of that,” she said. “He has agreed to help the transplant people in Northern Ireland by talking to others and making them aware of the opportunities and what can be done.”

Steve had attended Park School in Barnstaple and later worked in the local Wimpy, said Mrs Owens. It was when he went travelling in Australia that he met Denise. After they married he went to live with her in Northern Ireland.

“I think it will be nice for people in Barnstaple who went to school with him or knew him, to see this,” she said.

The show was screened for the first time on Sunday evening and is being shown again on Sky over the Christmas period, including Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

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