A Cheshire care firm is backing the Weston Christmas Light Display this year and will be taking many of its clients and staff to enjoy the dazzling illuminations that help to raise funds for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
Side by Side Care based in Nantwich has joined other local kind-hearted companies who are supporting organiser Graham Witter. He has put together the festive light display at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane in Weston since 2013.
Each year, beginning in early October, Graham starts the process of checking, testing and arranging thousands of lights to deliver a spectacular show that delights visitors year-on-year.
The festive display, including 3D animated figures, LED lights and inflatables, was originally put together for his late sister, Jessica. Despite having Cardio-facio Cutaneous syndrome, severe epilepsy and many complex health problems, she loved the sight and sound of the Christmas lights.
Sadly, Jessica, aged 18, passed away in December 2015, so Graham decided to continue the festive spectacular in his sister’s memory. Jessica visited the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice each year for respite care, so this local charity seemed a perfect cause for Graham’s fundraising event.
To show his appreciation, Graham continues to raise vital funds for the organisation and this year hopes to top an amazing £30,000 with the help of sponsors, a festive competition and public donations.
Side by Side Care’s Registered Manager, Matthew Proctor, is delighted to be backing the event, and both staff and clients are excited about visiting the Weston light display.
He said: “We offer home-based care services to a range of different people, some in the final months of their life. But seeing an amazing Christmas light show is something to keep everyone smiling.
“The staff and clients have been chatting about the display for weeks and the office has already been dressed with decorations and lights of our own. Everyone has Santa hats and Christmas jumpers at the ready!
“Perhaps more than most, we fully appreciate what incredible support the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice offers to families, so it’s great to be giving something back and offering Graham a little sponsorship.”
Across weekends during December, and in the days leading up to Christmas, Santa will also be in his Grotto at the farm to greet children and have Sleigh Selfies taken with visitors.
The Christmas light spectacular runs every day from Friday 1 December to Thursday 28 December, from 6.15pm to 9pm every evening.
For more information about the festive display, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/westonlightdisplay