Christmas Lights to Raise funds for St Peter’s Hospice

Terry James and Mike Checkley have again transformed their home in Bradley Stoke into a Christmas wonderland to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice. This year’s display has over 30,000 lights and is now one of the biggest displays in the whole of Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

New additions for 2018 include a herd of 12 reindeer, a new Merry Christmas silhouette, a new penguin silhouette; and two new Santa silhouettes. In addition, the display for 2018 will include a large Ho-Ho-Ho silhouette and a Santa Please Stop Here silhouette together with an additional 4,000 bulbs on string and icicle lights.

Mike told us, “We decided to raise money again for St Peter’s Hospice as they are a charity very close to our hearts. Most people know that they are a Bristol charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses both in the Hospice and at home, but they also support families and friends and teach other healthcare professionals about how to care for people at the end of their lives”. He added that “All of St Peter’s care is provided free of charge, but it costs around £20,000 a day to provide that care. In addition, St Peter’s ‘Room to Care’ Appeal is aimed at developing their new Inpatient Unit to meet the complex needs of patients in the 21st Century”.

Terry and Mike, with the invaluable help of their window cleaner Kris, spend nearly four weeks putting the display together. “It’s a big task” said Terry. “We still aim to keep the display ‘A Classic Christmas’.  People come from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to see the display and last year we also had people from Devon, Somerset and The Midlands visiting. The oldest person visiting last year was a very proud 97-year-old grandmother!”.

Last year the couple set themselves a target of £2,000 but this was smashed with £3,022 being the final total. For 2018, Terry and Mike have decided to set themselves a stretch goal of £4,000. To help achieve this, several local businesses have been approached to make a donation of £50 and the names of those business who have donated can be seen on banners displayed on the driveway. There will be collecting buckets out every night for donations from visitors who come to see the lights and donations can also be made online via a My Donate page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/watchelmchristmaslights

The Christmas lights are at 10 Watch Elm Close, Bradley Stoke, BS32 8AN and will be on every night from 5pm to 9pm, 1st December 2018 to 1st January 2019

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