Havering home transformed into festive winter wonderland for charity
PUBLISHED: 09:18 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:18 08 December 2015
Thousands of lights have transformed a house into a festive wonderland which will raise funds for charity for the 15th year in a row.
This year Sylvia and Terry Littlewood, of Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower have included a tribute to the victims of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
The festive scene, which raises funds for Saint Francis Hospice and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, includes a flag of blue, red and white lights on the roof.
Sylvia said: “We started to put the lights up in September and I’m glad we did as the weather has been so awful recently!
“Initially more than fifteen years ago my husband put up the lights for a bit of fun but over the years it escalated and frankly got out of hand but sadly this will have to be our last year because due to health issues and age we can’t commit the amount of work it needs.
“We originally just did it for pleasure but then lots of people persuaded us to put out a collection bucket and raise money for charity and we are so grateful for all the donations we have received.”
The light show has raised almost £27,000 for charity.
Sylvia added: “Last year we raised £3,800 and that was our highest amount ever so we are hoping we can do even better for our final light display,”
There are also three window displays featuring an alpine resort scene, a Christmas fairground and a winter animal land.
Anne Brown, head of fundraising at Saint Francis Hospice said: “The hospice is enormously grateful for the thousands of pounds that the Littlewoods have raised. The money will help fund our nurses and doctors who are working in the local community to help people with life-limiting illnesses.”
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