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Family surprise disabled son

Noah and his sister Heidi in their Premier Inn-inspired room
Noah and his sister Heidi in their Premier Inn-inspired room Image credit:

Arranging a child’s birthday celebration is challenging at the best of time, but it’s even tougher in the middle of a pandemic.

 Noah Pedlar’s family found themselves the predicament earlier this month when he was about to turn six.

When he goes for his routine appointments at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Noah, who has Spina Bifida, always stays with his parents at the Premier Inns in Haymarket and Lewin’s Mead which he thoroughly enjoys.

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic mum Louise and dad Stuart, both 31, haven’t been able to book the hotel.

So, for Noah’s sixth birthday they recreated the room at their own house in Barnstable, Devon, with the white bedsheets and the purple lights behind the headboard usually found at the Premier Inn, they even recreated the hotel’s logo for him and his sister Heidi (pictured above)

Louise told Mirror Online: "Noah has undergone 42 general anaesthetics in his six years, but his condition doesn't define him as he is such a happy child with so much life.

"Every birthday we get with Noah is one to cherish and I wanted to make sure we could make the most of everyday and keep creating those special memories, even if we are stuck inside shielding.

"It's not been easy at times, but we decided to think outside the box and thought it would be fun for us to recreate a Premier Inn at home and plan a 'trip' to 'the moon hotel' as we've always enjoyed spending time there, even if he is often going to hospital the next morning.

"We hope our idea inspires other families to recreate fun memories and to make the most of every day."

There’s an extra treat in store for Noah, as a bleated birthday present Premier Inn has offered a free stay for himself and his family when they reopen.

Simon Ewins, Premier Inn managing director UK, said: "It's safe to say Noah's special birthday has really brought a smile to the faces of everyone at Premier Inn.

"We're delighted the family chose us to celebrate this special occasion and are looking forward to checking them in 'for real' as soon as we're able."

In 2005, Premier Travel Inn opened its 500th hotel in Hemel Hempstead.