Tumour survivor’s bid to spread cheer

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 January 2017

Lynette Matravers greeted people and dogs on the seafront on Christmas day offering chocolates and doggie sweets to anyone who passed by. Ref exe Lynette Matravers. Picture: contributed

Lynette Matravers greeted people and dogs on the seafront on Christmas day offering chocolates and doggie sweets to anyone who passed by. Ref exe Lynette Matravers. Picture: contributed

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A seafront ‘street’ of motorhomes and owners handing out festive cheer to strangers is the dream of a selfless Exmouth woman already looking ahead to next Christmas.

Lyn Matravers, 61, from Littleham, was determined to spread seasonal joy on Christmas Day when she set up a table of treats for passers-by and dogs heading for Orcombe Point.

Lyn, who is celebrating a year of good health after surgeons removed a benign tumour from her brain, hopes motorhome owners will band together on December 25, 2017, to start a new seafront tradition of sharing the spirit of Christmas.

Lyn, who spent four hours handing out chocolates and dog treats from her motorhome parked on The Esplanade, hoped her actions would encourage others to start a trend.

She said: “A lot of people are on their own - I am on my own. It’s nice to feel part of a bigger picture.

“I had some treats, and dog treats, and I was giving out sweets to strangers.

“It would be nice if we could start a motorhome street on Christmas Day.

“It would be absolutely great if there were more people doing that on Christmas Day, with motorhomes, and people milling around.

“The motorhome owners could have some offerings; just little bits and pieces, cold sausages or rolls – just a gesture to involve people.”

Lyn’s sister, Cheryl Glew, who also spent the day at the motorhome, said: “Lyn was the smiling face to greet both people and dogs, as they walked off their Christmas dinner.

“She offered chocolates to anyone who passed and had doggie sweets for any dogs allowed an extra treat.

“This unsung hero made many people smile and laugh, bringing that extra Christmas cheer, which is, I feel, what Christmas Day is all about.”

Lyn, who has lived in Exmouth for more than 30 years, said her festive treats were also a way of celebrating a year of good health after a successful operation to remove a benign tumour the size of a ‘big egg’ from her brain at the start of 2016.

“It would have eventually killed me - it was growing quite quickly,” said Lyn.


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