A creative family have transformed their home into a gingerbread-themed winter wonderland to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The eye-catching cottage, in Great Bardfield, Essex, features ten giant gingerbread men, two snowmen, a dozen large lollies and a hologram of Father Christmas.
It is also decorated with sweets and a jumbo box of popcorn.
The festive fundraiser is the brainchild of Kellie and Scott Forbes, who have given their home a wintry facelift with help from children Tayler and Cadia and friend David Palmer. They hope to raise more than £400.
“This is something I’ve been toying with for a while,” said Kellie.
“I’ve done other bits and pieces in the past, like having a ‘giving tree’ in our front garden last year decorated with sweets.
“However, it’s grown and grown and this year’s display looks great. I’m so pleased and proud of it.
“When you’re doing something bit by bit, you don’t get the same impact as people seeing it for the first time.
“The reaction and feedback has been so positive, though. Everyone loves it and that means so much, because we just wanted to give something back and do something nice for the children of our village.
“Last Christmas was so weird for everyone but hopefully our display will put smiles on faces, while at the same time raising money for a very special cause.”
Visitors have been enjoying cups of hot chocolate while admiring the giant display and watching Santa.
They can make a donation in a charity collection box or contribute online by heading to https://www.justgiving.com/…/kellie-forbesgingerbreadhouse
“We work with children as myself and my husband have our own business running activity camps,” said Kellie, who is already planning similar fundraisers for Valentine’s Day and Easter.
“We know how much they love things like this and they’ve enjoyed watching us create the display.
“Seeing their excited little faces means the world and hopefully this helps make it an extra special Christmas.”