Nola shows true spirit of Christmas gift-giving
NOLA York may just be Glenreagh's most famous resident.
At 81 years of age, Nola creates what is arguably one of the most well-known local Christmas displays to raise funds for the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute.
The great grandmother still lives in the home and old bakery she shared with her late husband, Ron.
The bakery's doors have long been closed but the Coramba St property, some 40kms from Coffs Harbour, remains a firm favourite with locals and visitors every December when Nola opens her home to the public.
Thousands of soft toys, Christmas lights, Santas, reindeers, tinsel and festive decorations adorn Nola's home where visitors can leave a small donation in support of cancer patients.
December 2017's tally came to $1532.50.
Even more remarkable is that Nola, who spends two months preparing the Christmas extravaganza, started the fundraiser 18 years ago after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.
The Mid North Coast Cancer Institute has since it opened in Coffs Harbour in 2007, received $10,295 from Nola's donation tins and many more thousands of dollars went to support cancer patients at the old Coffs Harbour Hospital in Victoria St.
"The nurses and doctors at the hospital were just wonderful, which is why I keep doing this,” Nola said.
"It's a lot of work and it's very tiring, but people come from everywhere to look at the decorations. They come from Coffs and from up in the mountains... everywhere. I even have children who visited years ago coming back with their own children.
"Every year, the donation tin goes out the front and I hand over the takings to the oncology unit, but I didn't dream it would be anywhere near $10,000. That's not a bad effort.”
"Mrs York is a very special lady,” Jill Harrington,MNC Cancer Institute Nursing Unit Manager said.
"We can't thank her enough, and the countless number of people who have visited the old bakery over the years to leave a gift in support of local cancer patients.”