Community-minded residents from an aptly-named street have handed over a bumper cheque to charity.
Kind-hearted people living in Christmas Lane, Lowestoft, decorated and illuminated their houses during the festive season and raised nearly £1,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Visitors came from far and wide to see the eye-catching extravaganza and were asked to pop donations in collection buckets.
A cheque for £1,412 was recently handed over by residents Denise Bretton and Paul Gray to EACH Community Fundraiser Megan Kemp.
The presentation took place at The Nook – EACH’s hospice in Framingham Earl, near Norwich.
“It’s been so rewarding for Christmas Lane residents to raise money for EACH – a charity we immediately agreed upon,” said Richard Louis Ainslie, who hatched the original plan for the fundraiser with Denise.
“As we bring light to the people of Lowestoft and further afield, we hope the money raised will bring light into the lives of those that need support, medically and emotionally, at the most difficult time of their lives.
“It’s been amazing to create such a strong bond with EACH – one that will keep becoming stronger.”
The magical displays, featuring every house in the lane, some in nearby Prospect Road and one in Noel Road, contain thousands of twinkling lights and everything from stars and bells to snowmen and Santas.
Megan said: “It’s an extremely kind gesture from the people of Christmas Lane.
“The displays sound truly stunning and every penny donated 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.”