GALLERY: Merry Preston pensioner transforms Bamber Bridge bungalow into a winter wonderland

Deryck Scargill, 72, has raised thousands of pounds for charity by transforming his Bamber Bridge home into a festive spectacle of light.

Friday, 21st December 2018, 7:35 am
Updated Friday, 21st December 2018, 9:03 am
Deryck Scargill, 72, has been turning his Bamber Bridge home into a winter wonderland every Christmas for the past 25 years.

Welcome to Deryck's winter wonderland...

His home is so well-loved by the community that is has become a Christmas tradition for many families to pay the merry pensioner a visit.
Hiseye-poppingfestivalof light has grownmore spectacular each year.

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But Deryck's Christmas extravaganza began with humble origins. After both of his parents were diagnosed with cancer, he wanted to give something back to the people who treated and cared for them.
Deryck's sister-in-law Kelly Evans said Deryck has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity since his home first lit-up the street in the late 1990s.
Sister-in-law Kelly Evans said: "Deryck absolutely loves putting on an incredible Christmas lights display and, in my opinion, manages to create the best and most amazing displays every single year."
Kelly added: "He has been doing this for over 20 incredible years with hardly any recognition for his work and despite being over 70 years old, his age doesn't stop him."
At 72 years of age, Deryck still continues to climb on to his roof ever year to put the decorations up and he doesn't ask for any help.
Deryck started the festive displays after his parents were diagnosed with cancer. He wanted to give something back to those who cared for them.
After receiving treatment for cancer himself, Deryck decided to continue with his fundraising every Christmas.
He leave a donation box near the lights to raise money for charities, such as Cancer Research.
Over 20 years, he has collected for countless charities ranging from Derian House, NSPCC, British Heart Foundation and many more.
Every year he tells awestruck visitors that 'this is the last year' of the lights, but when December comes around, Deryck can't resist the chance to spread some Christmas spirit.
Deryck's Christmas display has become bigger and brighter every year and visiting his home has become a Christmas tradition for many families.
Deryck doesn't just do it for the charities. He said: "I just love seeing the children's faces when they see the lights. Their faces light up too."
This year, Deryck is raising money for both Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston and Trust House Lancashire, which offers support to victims of domestic abuse.
Last year, Deryck raised 980 for charity. He's lost track of how much he has raised over the past 20 years, but expects it is more than 10,000.
Deryck welcomes you to visit his Christmas wonderland home at 106 School Field in Clayton-le-Woods, Bamber Bridge, PR58BH.
Deryck and the Lancashire Post wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year!