Published: October 28, 2011
Pensioner's dolls house to be auctioned for hospice in wife's memory

A Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week put the finishing touches to a very special nine-month project to build a unique dolls house that he hopes will raise funds for the hospice which cared for his late wife.

Roland Loader, 80, has been working on the masterpiece since February to sell in aid of Weston Hospicecare who cared for Elsie before she passed away.

Many hours of careful work have gone into creating the one-off house, which stands 1/12th to scale and measures 700 x 600mm.

Every detail has been carefully thought through, from the wallpaper right through to the working electric lights - the bulbs can even be replaced - and window boxes.

"Weston Hospicecare is a valuable service and I wanted to do this in recognition of the work they did for Elsie," he told

"When I began the project I decided that I would build it for the hospice so I rang Bev, the Community Nurse Specialist at Weston Hospicecare and Weston General Hospital who cared for Elisie, and asked whether this would be something they would be interested in."

Prior to retirement, Roland worked in aircraft design for British Aerospace and has made only one other doll’s house, which was a Christmas gift for his Great Granddaughter.

"I remember my father making my sister a doll’s house and I thought it would be something nice that I could be remembered for," he added.

The doll’s house is currently at Weston Hospicecare in Jackson-Barstow House in Uphill and is hoping to be auctioned shortly.

The reserve for the item is £500 and anyone who would like to view the doll’s house can do so by contacting the hospice on 01934 423967 or emailing here.

Pictured: Burnham pensioner Roland Loader with his unique dolls house


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