A couple festooned their home with so many festive lights, the spectacle is attracting visitors from all over Preston.
Kathryn Rice and Alan Partridge, of Parkside, Lea, Preston, have been decorating their home with captivating Christmas decorations for a number of years and each year, their lights have become bigger and better.
As so many people come along to see their illuminated home, a friend suggested that Alan and Kathryn collect charity donations and last year, the couple raised almost £300 for the North West Air Ambulance.
This year, they have chosen to support the LEP Lifesaver Appeal which aims to raise £500,000 for a CT scanner for Royal Preston Hospital which is now the Major Trauma Centre for Lancashire and Cumbria. Alan spent more than 36 hours creating this year’s display, including scaling the heights of the roof apex to secure Rudolf.
Alan, 55, who is a supervisor at Chorley Council, said: “It all started a few years ago when we entered into a bit of friendly competition with a family who lived near us with children who decorated their house with lights, then we put some up and we each kept adding more on.
“It is a bit of a challenge to put them all up, but we will probably keep on adding to them until our electricity meter goes pop!”
Alan says he and Kathryn have chosen to support the LEP Lifesaver Appeal as Kathryn, 54, has herself had CT scans after having kidney cancer more than 20 years ago.
Alan said: “No one ever knows when they could need a CT scan themselves as accidents happen every day and people get injured and need speedy diagnosis and treatment. It is wonderful that so many people come to see our lights and as myself and Kathryn haven’t got any children ourselves, it is lovely to see the smiles on kids’ faces. It is even better knowing that our lights will be helping the LEP Lifesaver Appeal.”
Paula Richardson, fundraising manager for the LEP Lifesaver Appeal, said: “This is a novel and fun way of raising money for the LEP Lifesaver Appeal and we are very grateful to Alan and Kathryn.”
To make a donation to Alan and Kathryn’s fundraising, text: hoho61 and the amount you wish to donate to: 70070 or visit: www.justgiving.com/KATHRYN-RICE1.