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10,000 bulb Christmas light display aiming to raise funds for children’s charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 28 November 2017

Luke Bowell says he is devastated by what has happened.

Luke Bowell says he is devastated by what has happened.

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An extravagant Christmas lights display in Weston’s Oldmixon estate is hoping to raise £1,000 for a local children’s charity.

The Grand Appeal. The Grand Appeal.

Luke Powell will light up 10,000 bulbs outside his home, in Brompton Road, every evening from Friday until December 29.

Luke’s mother and his three sisters suffer from the neurological condition Chiari malformation, which affects their ability to perform everyday tasks, including walking and eating.

Luke has decided to raise funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal, which supports families like his across the South West.

The 18-year-old came to the hospital’s rescue last year after vandals tore down its Christmas tree lights, which provides families spending the festive period at the hospital a chance to celebrate Christmas together.

In a selfless act, Luke donated 4,000 lights to the hospital to restore the tree’s festive look.

Speaking about his plans for this year’s winter period, Luke said: “I saw how much Christmas joy can bring to the children and their parents, so this year I thought ‘what can I do to raise money for the charity?’

“My three sisters have spent a lot of time in the children’s hospital, and the compassion and support that members of staff given my family has been incredible.

“So this is my way of saying thank you for the work they do, as I know how critical their service is to many children and families.”

Luke’s plans have received support from B&M home stores and Bunnings Warehouse, who have donated lights for him to use.

There will be a special appearance from Father Christmas, who will turn the lights on and hand out treats to the children, and Luke also confirmed there will be ‘a few surprises’ at the switch-on.

Luke said: “There is no fee to attend the switch-on, or to visit the display at any time over the next month.”

“All I ask is for people to make a donation, because ultimately this is about raising awareness for the condition and also helping The Grand Appeal to continue to great work they do.”

Donation buckets will be available every evening outside 12 Butcombe Brompton Road, or visit Luke’s JustGiving page.

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