John Lewis snowman needs a ride home!

Crawley Lions were given the John Lewis snowman
Crawley Lions were given the John Lewis snowman
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A five-foot tall snowman had residents doing a double take when they spotted it in a sunny road .

The snowman was the star of the John Lewis ‘Power of Love’ Christmas advertising campaign which set many a bottom lip trembling last year.

He has been lodging with Crawley Lions vice-chairman Gary Davies and his wife Kath since January in Horley.

And now the couple are on the look-out for a good Samaritan to help them transport him to his new home at Manor Green Primary School, in Ifield.

Describing how the snowman left TV fame behind to move to Horley, Gary said: “I contacted John Lewis and asked if we could have it for the Lions and they said they would be delighted for the Lions to have it.

“They delivered it to my house in one of their vans.

“He’s been living in our conservatory because we can’t get him into the house because he’s too big to go through the door.

“We’re afraid to put the heating on in case he melts!”

The couple have become rather attached to the snowman, aptly named Lewis, and Gary recalled one incident during the last snow fall.

He said: “He usually faces into the house but when it was snowing I noticed he was turned to face the garden.

“Kath said she felt sorry for him and, because it was snowing, she turned him round so he wouldn’t be lonely!”

While the Lions are keen to hand over their house guest to Manor Green School, they have one problem – he won’t fit in their car.

So Gary is hoping that some one with a van may be able to step forward and deliver the snowman to the school on their behalf.

A spokesman for John Lewis said the company was committed to supporting local communities and added: “In this case, we were able to provide support in a novel way; through the donation of a John Lewis snowman which featured in our Christmas television advert.

“We are delighted that it is now continuing its journey and hope it brings lots of joy to the schoolchildren at its new home.”

If you can help to transport the snowman, contact Gary on 07950 323000.