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A life-sized wooden reindeer has been donated to Newbury’s West Berkshire Community Hospital.

Retired builder Leslie Pocklington, 82, carved the realistic Rudolph from a felled oak tree in his garden in Long Lane, Hermitage.

Mr Pocklington is poorly with leukaemia, and wanted to say a festive thank you to all the health staff who have been helping him.

Chrissie Stockwell, Lesley Pocklington and Sheila Pocklington with the reindeer.
Chrissie Stockwell, Lesley Pocklington and Sheila Pocklington with the reindeer.

“Everybody has just been so marvellous,” said his wife Sheila, who paid tribute to the Downland Practice, Royal Berkshire Hospital, West Berkshire Community Hospital and Newbury Cancer Care.

“We are so lucky to have these marvellous health workers and we just wanted to bring some cheer to people.”

Mr Pocklington hoisted the five foot nine reindeer on to a trailer to ship it to the hospital, where the porters shifted it into position just inside the main entrance.

“He has wobbly eyes and a red nose,” added Mrs Pocklington. “But we have left them with a black nose in case they want to change it after Christmas."



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