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Congratulations to Nitro Neo, who yesterday took an impressive…drum roll please……hospital record breaking… 180 easter eggs in to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital (oh, and four packets of mini eggs 🙂 )
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I’m sure you all saw the Facebook and twitter posts on his Easter eggstravaganza, where he aimed to collect as many eggs as possible so he could donate them to children spending Easter in hospital. He told his team he wanted to make the poorly children happy again after his Operation Christmas Smiles, and chocolate always makes him happy, so he figured the eggs would make the kids in hospital happy too.
Nitro Neo with Aleena Naylor at the radio station

Nitro Neo with Aleena Naylor at the radio station

Well, Derby folk soon caught wind of what we was up to, and on the Friday before his delivery Aleena Naylor from BBC Radio Derby invited him in for a live
interview to chat about the egg collection and his motocross racing. He did really well, I think Aleena was pleasantly surprised at what a good interview he gave, they do after all say not to work with children or animals in media! You can listen to the interview here and I’m pleased to say that afterwards the egg total increased by over 40, also with some help from his fans and friends track-side.
So, around comes Monday 21 April, eggstravaganza day.  I get up bright an early to help out and get those eggs delivered to the hospital.  It took forever to fill the car with Easter eggs and it was quite the balancing act (seriously, 180 eggs in a car was a challenge!) and Neo’s team made sure to get his motocross bike loaded up too incase any children felt well enough to sit on it for a photo.
When we arrived the Play Team were waiting for us outside with a big trolley to push all the eggs inside. They took Neo straight up to the children’s wards where he spent the morning giving out chocolate eggs to the patients and talking about his racing with their families and staff. Lots of parents were impressed and it definitely put smiles on faces of children who are having a bit of a rough time.

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Neo managed to personally hand out about 50 eggs, and sign some autographs too. He asked if the rest could be given to outpatients so children coming in for appointments would also get an Easter egg from him. What a good egg hey?!
Neo also raised £40 to donate and the staff will use it towards some entertainment for the children staying in hospital. He was even given an additional £13 from nice parents on the ward who were inspired by his efforts, so a big thank you to those people! Neo will be popping back later this week to hand over a cheque for £53.

All in all it was a great morning and Neo was super excited and pleased to be able to give something to the hospital again.

Thank you to everyone who helped him gather so many eggs, he can’t do it without you and you have helped contribute to a great cause. Nitro Neo sends special thanks to family and friends who contributed, Jenna at Moto45, Kingsway Sainsbury’s and Sainsbury’s Local in Mickleover, Mind Your Weight, Neo’s school friends, ASDA Long Eaton, JJBBA students, and CJMX racers.

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I know, I can’t quite believe it either, but it’s on Facebook so it must be true!  So I’m sat at the Team Nitro office preparing to blog about Neo’s race last weekend when the boss hands me the phone.  It was only BBC Radio Derby asking if Nitro Neo would go to the studio to be interviewed about his efforts to deliver Easter eggs and spread smiles at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital this coming weekend!  I know, our teams little 6 year old racer being chased for a live interview.

Neo is being interviewed live at the BBC Radio studios in Derby at 8am Friday 18 April 2014.  Tune in tomorrow morning for the interview, Nitro Neo + Radio studios = something interesting on air! Listen on 104.5, 95.3 and 96FM, 1116AM, online and mobile.  If you’re listening and want to get involved, tweet using #nitroneoaid, or post to ImNitroNeo on Facebook.

You can hear the interview again here and check out his last charity campaign ‘Operation Christmas Smiles’ here.

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On 23rd December 2013 children in Derbyshire Children’s Hospital went NITRO for his toy donation.  Neo arrived with 250 toys and donated them so the children in hospital, or attending appointments would be happier having such nice toys to play with.

It’s the first time the hospital have had such a donation – Nitro Neo really is one of a kind. We don’t know any six year old anywhere else that is so generous and uses their own time to make other people happyIMG_0022

Nitro Neo paid the hospital a visit with his motocross bike, some signed goodies and handed over bags and bags full of toys. After letting some of the children visiting outpatients have a sit on his bike, he chatted to them about the sport and wished them well.  Nitro Neo also visited the Sunflower Ward to play with some of the children who weren’t well enough to venture outside to have their photo taken on his bike to show family and friends.

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Nitro Neo told us: “I’m a lucky boy, and I love my family very much so when my parents told me that som children might not have Christmas at home it made me sad. I wanted to know why, and I wanted to make sure they could be happy at Christmas time.

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I have a lot of toys, and so does my sister, so I wanted to give a lot of them to someone else to make them happy and feel better.

I loved going to meet the children who have to stay in hospital, it was nice to spend some time with them and tell them I had brought along new toys for them to play with. I think I made them happy!”

 

Fran Watson, Senior Hospital Play Specialist from Royal Derby Hospital said: “We received a message on twitter from @Nitro_Neo asking if he could make a donation, which of course, we were more than happy to help with.

It’s always nice to know people wish to make donations, but for such a young boy to want to help of his own accord is quite unique. It certainly cheered up our patients knowing they have new toys to play with and they loved talking to Neo about his racing.

On behalf of the staff and children in the children’s hospital, thank you Neo”.

Merry Christmas everyone, love from the Babe Behind the Blog and the rest of Team Nitro! xxx

With special thanks to everyone who helped Nitro Neo spread smiles at the Children’s Hospital this year 🙂

Read the newspaper article here, listen to the BBC Radio interview here and international Moto Magazine here.

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