If you’re searching for a festive way to brighten up the dark winter evenings, look no further than Boleyn Avenue in Epsom. Resident Jane and her husband – known locally as The Christmas Lights’ Man - have covered their home in lights once again, but this time they’re raising funds for Princess Alice Hospice, who are caring for Jane’s mum.
Jane’s husband, Steve, spends days outside during the lead up to Christmas, decorating every part of the house with thousands of lights. This year, Jane has decided to support the Hospice to give back a little for the care her mum is receiving; outside the house there is a Hospice collecting bucket, plus a QR code to scan for smart phone users, so passers-by can drop in donations when they come to see the display.
Claire Woodward, Community & Events Lead, says: ‘with just 24% of our funding provided by NHS Trusts, the Hospice is reliant upon the generosity of local residents such as Jane, who fundraise so generously for us throughout the year. We think this is a bright, shining example of the support we receive and we’re so thankful for all donations during what continues to be a very difficult time for charities.’
The lights are switched on at 3.30pm each day, in time to light up some very happy faces on the way home from school, and they remain lit until at 11.30pm. The house will be lit every evening until the second weekend in January 2021.
If you’d like to visit, support the Hospice and take in the lights, the post code is KT17 2QH. You can’t miss it!
Princess Alice Hospice: For Compassion. For Excellence. For People. For Living.
Princess Alice Hospice has, for more than 30 years, provided free, high-quality, specialist end of life care to tens of thousands of people across a large part of Surrey, south west London and Middlesex. Today, at any one time, Hospice nurses, doctors and other specialist staff are looking after more than 800 people in need. The Hospice’s mission is to reach out to even more people by delivering outstanding care to those that need it. To enable us to do this, we will rely on the commitment and support of our communities who help us to raise vital funds.
£10.1 million is needed each year to provide these vital and much-needed services. With limited NHS funding, 76% must be generated by fundraising, retail operations, donations and legacies.
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