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Game show viewer helps IVF couple


The couple have had four unsuccessful attempts at IVF treatment

A man who went on a TV game show to win cash to help him and his wife continue IVF treatment for a baby has been offered 9,000 by a mystery viewer.

Steve Davies, from Bolton, appeared on the Channel 4 TV show Deal Or No Deal to try to win 5,000 to pay for the process but only scooped 3,000,

He and his wife, Lynette, thought their hopes were dashed but a viewer called the show and offered to help.

Now the couple, who have tried IVF four times, can pay for two more attempts.

'Absolutely gob smacked'

Mr Davies, 38, said: "We've had four attempts in total which haven't worked. Eventually we decided to spend what we had left on getting married and then save for another treatment.

"I went on the show and although I only won 3,000 we just thought 'well, we'll have to find another 2,000 from somewhere'.

"A few days after it had aired we got a call from the producers saying they had some fantastic news for us."

Noel Edmonds
If everything goes to plan and we have a boy we'll probably call him Noel
Lynette Davies, contestant's wife

The couple, who live in Westhoughton and who run a tool hire business, married last year.

Although the donor wishes to remain anonymous, the couple plan to send a letter to show their appreciation.

Mrs Davies, 29, said: "I was absolutely gob smacked. I was so emotional, I couldn't believe a stranger would do that for us.

"If everything goes to plan and we have a boy we'll probably call him Noel."

Mr Davies added that he would not know what to say to the mystery benefactor.

"Thank you is not enough," he said.

"It restores your faith in humankind. All the bad news you read about and then something like this happens."

A spokesman for Endemol, which makes Deal Or No Deal, said: "We think it's amazing that a viewer has donated such an amount.

"This doesn't happen very often but clearly this case has touched somebody's heart."

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