South Cerney family’s Christmas light display in memory of Sandra Wearing

For the seventh year running a Cotswold family is making their home shine bright this Christmas with a beautiful light display dedicated to a much loved wife, mother and grandmother, Sandra Wearing.

The dazzling display in South Cerney is put together by Kelvin Wearing, with the help of his family, to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice who cared for Sandra.

It’s the seventh year running the family have transformed their home in Beverstone Road in South Cerney into a glittering display of goodwill, with more twinkling lights and decorations added each year.

The light show is raising funds for the hospice at a crucial time, after the charity which runs it, Sue Ryder, launched its second urgent fundraising campaign of 2020 in response to the devastating impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on its funding.

The lights, which are switched on daily from 5pm to 8.30pm, include eight inflatables, 13 reindeers, 74 festive silhouettes, 19 acrylic figures, seven sets of icicle lights, four sets of twinkly lights, a kaleidoscope projecting Christmas patterns, a parachuting Santa, 3D train and a 3D see-saw.

New to the display for 2020 are more icicle lights, a 3D snowman and Father Christmas, a sledging snowman and festive Dachshund.

The family spend weeks transforming their home into the Winter Wonderland, and over the past seven years the family’s fundraising efforts have raised £2,500 for the Sue Ryder hospice, which could pay for 119 hours of expert and compassionate palliative care.

Kelvin said: “We love seeing people’s faces light up with smiles as they come to see our Christmas light display, and after the year we have all had with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic it is as important as ever to do all we can to spread some positivity.

“This year has been extremely tough for many people and Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice needs our help to continue giving their excellent care to patients and valuable support to families.

“The hospice supports people through some of the most difficult times in their lives, the staff are amazing and give people the expert care they need.

“With their normal fundraising events cancelled and shops closed for large periods of time this year we all need to pull together to raise what we can no matter how small.

“It takes a lot of planning, but we really enjoy transforming our home into this Christmas display for the hospice.

“My wife Sandra always loved the Christmas lights so for us this seemed the perfect way to raise vital funds for the hospice while doing something in memory of our much loved wife, mum and grandmother at Christmas too.”

“It doesn’t cost anything to visit. All we ask is for a donation to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, a charity close to our family’s hearts.”

Kelvin’s daughter, Debbie Walton, added: “As a family we are incredibly grateful to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice for everything they did for mum and us too.

“It’s become a Christmas tradition for us, and we hope the local community will come and support us and all those families like ours who need the support of the hospice.”

Elise Hoadley, hospice director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “This is a beautiful tribute and a wonderful way to spread joy this Christmas, while helping our hospice to continue to be there when it matters.

“This year has been an incredibly tough time for so many and it has been hard on our hospice too, but through it all our teams have been working tirelessly and our supporters have rallied to help raise funds for families needing our care.

“We’re hugely grateful and humbled.

“Everyone at the hospice shares their thanks and warmest wishes to Kelvin and his family for their continued support with their Christmas light display this year.”

Everyone is welcome to visit, and the lights will remain on display on Beverstone Road in South Cerney until January 1, 2021, where donations to the Gloucestershire hospice will be gratefully received.

Sue Ryder, the national healthcare charity which runs Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire launched its, ‘We can’t stop’ campaign in November to help Sue Ryder combat the £2 million a month shortfall it’s currently experiencing, while its care teams continue to play a key role in the Coronavirus effort.

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