Christmas light extravaganzas raise thousands for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 December 2010

Trinity close  residents, Christmas Lights.

Trinity close residents, Christmas Lights.

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WHILE homes across Somerset have been getting in the Christmas spirit by putting up bright festive lights, some residents have gone the extra mile and put up thousands of lights to help Santa find his way – and raise a little for charity too.

Dave and Jenny Prowton outside their house full of Christmas Lights.

Dave and Jenny Prowton’s home in Bridgwater Road, Lympsham, covered in a variety of bright lights and decorations, is a festive beacon for drivers travelling along the A370.

Mr Prowton said: “We’ve been collecting for various charities for the last eight years, and have raised around £30,000.

“This year we’re doing it for the Alzheimer’s Society as my wife has just been diagnosed with it.”

Burnham’s Trinity Close has also been a top site for festive fun-seekers for the last 11 years, as all the houses in the close are covered in more than 10,000 LED lights.

Money raised on the close is split between hovercraft charity Burnham Area Rescue Boat and Petals, a cancer trust set up in memory of resident Christine Woodberry.

Resident Paula Payne said: “Last year we raised £6,800 and it would be very nice to match that again this year.

“It’s not all about raising money for charity though, it’s also about the great community spirit we have in the close.”

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