Many of us visited the Weston Christmas Light display over Christmas and Graham our very own Mr Claus tells us in his own words what drives him to do such a magical thing.
It has always been my pleasure to organise the 'Weston Christmas Light Display' for a children's hospice which has done so much for my family. My late sister, Jessica had a truly amazing fascination for colour; light; and sound which was my inspiration in 2013 to organise a local community Winter Wonderland!
I started decorating the house with animated characters; filling the garden with inflatables and making our family home like a mini 'North-Pole'! It enabled me to bring our community together whilst creating a local family tradition which many families and young children can enjoy.
But at the heart of this event was a 'thank-you', for all the respite care, family support and home activities the care team provided my Sister. After losing my close sibling in December 2015 having raised £17,000, it felt I should continue my event in her memory. With new lighting ideas, a festive 'Mr Whippy' van and the opportunity for a 'Sleigh Selfie with Santa', the 2016 display delivered an astounding success, raising £22,680.00.
I have so much satisfaction that my time, commitment and dedication is helping improve the lives of children, young people and their families across our community. To know my event has thrilled festive visitors, but most importantly improved services the hospice can offer, gives me satisfaction to continue my fundraising.
As an ambassador for the hospice I am hoping to draw up exiting plans for the 2017 display...and hope to fascinate visitors with a festive magical experience that cannot be missed! Let's hope Santa can continue wrapping our presents, so he can make a trip back with the reindeers this year!