Video: A warm glow as festive lights help good causes
It’s that time of year when festive lights glow from every home, but some people across the area have gone a step further to help a good cause.
On Saturday (December 12) Peter Roffe switched on his Christmas lights display in West End,Langtoft.
Every year Peter does this to raise money for local charities in the area.
Peter said: “On the night, refreshments, mince pies and hot dogs were provided free of charge.”
Along with residents from the village, the local theatre company, Langtoft Players made an appearance to help spread a little Christmas cheer, as they do each year.
Peter added: “The collection that is raised from the night will go to the Sue Ryder Hospice.”
Thorpe Hall in Peterborough gives care and support to its many patients, along providing a range of services from volunteers and carers at the Hospice.
Thorpe Hall relies on donations from members of the public to help provide the best possible care to its patients.
Peter’s wife Shirley passed away at the Sue Ryder hospice in 2001, so it has a very special place in his heart.
Christmas cards and cuddly toys were provided by the hospice, and the whole evening was a great success.
Peter said: “The lights are up and will stay until the New Year!”
And Stamford residents Carole and Mick Bell of Fife Close have got their Christmas lights display up and running. It is affectionately named Christmas Bells all in aid of charity.
Mick said: “I started it 30 years ago with a single Christmas tree and it has built from there.
“I keep thinking each year that I’m going to stop, but my wife and local residents tell me to keep going.”
It took Mick six days this year, and beginning in November he would dedicate weekends to building his very festive display.
Mick said: “This is the second year that we have put a box outside for donations. Last year we raised over £800, but the amount this year is doing extremely well so far.”
The charity that Mick Bell is raising for is the Phoebe Research Fund, which was set up in February of this year.
Zoe Crowson’s daughter Phoebe suffers from Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, which is a life limiting skin disease causing blistering of skin from a slight touch.
Zoe said that Phoebe’s face lit up when she saw the lights and Phoebe’s reaction was: “This is awesome.”
Zoe added that, “Mick’s made a lot of this himself and even has a snow machine, it’s quite magical.”
For more information about the Phoebe Research Fund please visit www.phoeberesearch.org.uk.