Two NHS nurses in Bristol say they don't know how they would ever have moved out of the room they rented in a shared house without the special deposit contribution from a leading housebuilder.

Stuart and his partner Myckala, both nurses at Emersons Green Hospital, moved into their three-bedroom town house at the start of December and spent their first Christmas together in their new home.

Stuart said they took a drive round the new community earlier this year, just looking for inspiration but not expecting to be able to put down a deposit,

"We loved the David Wilson Homes but thought there would be no way we could afford anything.

"We popped into the sales centre and had a look around the show homes and were blown away. We looked at second homes in the area too but nothing compared, particularly when we factored in the cost of doing them up.

"The NHS discount was amazing. It made it possible for us to buy a new home, which we are so thrilled with. We've bought a Cannington, which is a 3 bedroom, 3 storey town house.

"We just love having the open plan kitchen-diner on the ground floor and living room on the floor above. It's warm and cosy and means you can get away to the living room upstairs - it's a snug hideaway and a space to go and relax."

Almost a quarter of David Wilson Homes sold across the South West, including at Ladden Garden Village, Yate, have gone to NHS staff using the NHS Deposit Contribution Scheme.

The offer was launched last year to express a heartfelt thank you to the country's 1.5m NHS workers working hard to look after people during the covid-19 crisis.

The landmark new development in Yate offers a wide range of homes in a flourishing community, from two-bedroom homes ideal for first-time buyers to town houses, semi-detached and detached homes from both David Wilson and Barratt Homes.

The development will also include a primary school, nursery, community and retail facilities. In addition, Ladden Garden Village will offer 32 acres of public, open space with 600 new trees being planted, 4 acres of new woodland and hedgerows, plus new allotments and sports pitches.

Louise Ware, sales director for Barratt David Wilson Homes South West added: "We were thrilled to welcome Stuart and Myckala to their first home together in time for Christmas. And we're really proud to have been able to offer some extra support to them as NHS workers, who together with hundreds of thousands of others, have shown such courage and dedication in the face of Covid pandemic."