It's Christmas: Nola York of Glenreagh in her very festive loungeroom.
It's Christmas: Nola York of Glenreagh in her very festive loungeroom. Trevor Veale

Room with a view to raise funds

EVERY year in October the ritual begins, decorations are strewn around the loungeroom and elves, reindeer, angels and Santas are unpacked from boxes ... and boxes ... and boxes.

If it’s related to Christmas then it’s probably in Nola York’s home. Ms York turns 74 on Boxing Day and has been collecting statues, dolls, teddies, trees and decorations for about 11 years.

“I wouldn’t like to count how many boxes there are, I just keep pulling them out and pulling them out and when they’re all out I know I’m finished,” she said.

Every year Ms York’s loungeroom is transformed into Santa’s workshop and people are invited to peek through the window in exchange for a donation. All funds raised go to the oncology unit at Coffs Harbour Health Campus in memory of Ms York’s husband who died of cancer 12 years ago.

Ms York says she still remembers getting her first Christmas collectable.

“It was Santa with a candle and he was from a grocery store here in Coffs Harbour. He used to move his arms but this year he’s gotten arthritis like me and can’t move them anymore.

“He was my first piece but my favourite piece is an elf statue.”

Even with ‘favourite’ status, there’s no special treatment – every item adds to the Christmas picture.



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