Spectacular Christmas Lane display is a magical way to raise money for EACH

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in an aptly-named Lowestoft street.

Kind-hearted residents of Christmas Lane are showing their community spirit by joining forces to decorate and illuminate their houses in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The co-ordinated display is akin to a storyline from a Hollywood movie and the plan is to host a big ‘switch-on’ in early December.

The lights will then be on from 4.15pm until around 10pm every night, spreading festive cheer and raising vital funds for EACH.

Denise Bretton, one of the residents, said: “We’re very proud of our Christmas display.

“It’s been happening for years and more and more people seem to come along every time.

“However, this is the first year we’ve raised money and when we floated the idea among residents, everyone was keen to support EACH.

“We all agreed we wanted to support a local charity and one that benefits children, especially at this magical time of year.

“It’s a special cause and we want to raise as much as possible, by working together to make Christmas that little bit better and more bearable for children, young people and families being supported across East Anglia.

“We go to a lot of effort and spend a lot of money, but it’s all worth it if people enjoy our display and give generously, knowing what they donate makes a difference.”

Denise admits herself and others get “carried away” with their displays, which feature thousands of twinkling lights and everything from stars and bells to snowmen and Santas.

Fourteen households participate and it takes hours for the displays to be completed.

“We love it and are proud to be part of such a close, traditional and phenomenal community,” she said.

“We coordinate the first switch-on and then every house on the road puts their lights on and off at the same time.

“We’re always buying new additions and although we can get a bit competitive and carried away, it’s all with a sense of fun and a desire to create something special.

“We want to make this time of year as amazing and magical as possible and, in these strange times, every bit of cheer makes things that little more bearable for us all.

“We’ve produced some laminated posters which will be put up before the switch-on and left out during Christmas and afterwards, giving people the chance to donate to EACH.”

Laura Southcott, EACH Fundraising Assistant for Norfolk, said: “This sounds so special and it’s an extremely kind gesture from the people of Christmas Lane.

“We hope people enjoy the illuminations while knowing the money they donate will help us provide care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their families, right across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.”

EACH has three hospices, including The Nook at Framingham Earl, just outside Norwich, and The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

To make a donation, head here.

Ends

We go to a lot of effort and spend a lot of money, but it’s all worth it if people enjoy our display and give generously, knowing what they donate makes a difference.

Notes to Editors

“Without EACH I really don’t believe we would have made it this far together as a family. They make a really hard time just that little easier to deal with.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk

 

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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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