“Every display is individual and produced out of community spirit to help spread a little light and happiness” – Christmas Lane residents are once again raising funds for EACH

Festive fundraisers have illuminated their aptly-named street in a quest to raise vital funds for charity.

Kind-hearted residents of Christmas Lane, Lowestoft, decorate and light their houses during the festive season and ask for donations to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Visitors come from far and wide to see the eye-catching extravaganza and last year the neighbours presented a bumper cheque for nearly £1,500.

The magical displays, featuring every house in the lane and some in surrounding roads, contain thousands of twinkling lights and everything from stars and bells to snowmen and Santas.

Resident Denise Bretton said: “We’ve been putting lights up for a number of years but it’s only more recently that it’s attracted attention, after BBC Look East came to do some filming in December 2019.

“It was just a neighbourly thing back then.

“However, when the cameras came back two years later, we started to realise there was an opportunity to raise money at the same time.

“People seemed to want to show their appreciation and, by then, many more houses from adjoining roads were joining in.

“EACH was suggested as it’s local and helps children and their families.

“Everyone agrees that it’s a wonderful organisation and we’ve found them to be extremely helpful and supportive of our endeavours.”

An estimated 350 people turned out for the official switch-on on 2nd December.

“We’ve been heartened and uplifted by the lovely comments from everyone,” added Denise.

“Every display is individual and produced out of community spirit to help spread a little light and happiness.”

Visitors have the chance to leave money in collection buckets. Alternatively, you can show your appreciation by heading here.

EACH Community Fundraiser Anne Austin said: “Once again, the Christmas Lane residents have pulled out all the stops to put on a spectacular display and show their support for EACH.

“It’s become an amazing, very popular and eye-catching tradition and our sincere thanks go to everyone who takes the time to make it happen.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk
www.twitter.com/EACH_hospice
www.facebook.com/EACHhospices
www.instagram.com/eachhospices
www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices


For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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