Weston Christmas lights switched on in aid to raise money for children’s hospice


Weston lights display is being switched on this evening for the fifth consecutive year in a bid to raise money for the Donna Louise Children’s hospice.

Graham Witter, 23, has been decorating his house, farm and garden in Christmas lights and decorations since 2013 creating a light spectacle to raise money in memory of his sister.

The spectacle lasts from the 1st of December till the 28th, with people also being able to visit Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The event alone last year raised £22,680 with the money going to delivering sibling support groups and youth club sessions for the past year.

Witter said: “My main ambition this year is to beat what I raised last December.”

The event this year is also being sponsored by local businesses with competitions being run to add more publicity to the event.

The display first began in 2013 when Graham decorated his home and farm and opened it up to the public to view, raising £1,000 in the events first year.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice helped Graham, his family and his sister Jessica during her illness, and Witter explains the hospice as playing a massive part in their lives in helping them care for his sister.

Graham Witter

Organiser Graham Witter at his lights display

“Each year she used to get 20 days respite care at the children’s hospice, when she got the respite care every year it enabled mum to have a break.

“To me it’s for that that I raise the money.”

“I now continue to do something in memory of my sister.

“I’ve made a positive out of what some people would say is a negative and I think it’s that what makes the lights display just that bit more special.”

The lights are switched on from 6.15pm till 9pm each night and visitors are welcomed to donate and raise money in Jessica’s memory.


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