Chandler’s Ford Christmas Light Display Raises Money for Charity
CHRISTMAS displays are often the perfect cure for a grumpy Christmas Grinch, and a dazzling display in Chandler’s Ford sure spreads holiday cheer.
Gary Woodman, 38, adorned his Cambridge Drive home with around 16,000 Christmas lights to raise money for two charities close to his heart.
This is the 10th year that Gary and his wife Sarah have created a spectacular show of festive cheer for the community.
Gary said: “We started doing this about 10 years ago and it got bigger and bigger. The fifth year we did it for charity and we kept going. It’s something which we always wanted to do anyway, because my dad always took us to watch the lights and my wife’s family did the same thing, so we decided we might as well do it for charity.
“My wife’s aunt is looking after and helping a boy called Toby who has had problems in the past, so half of the money will go to his charity Team Toby.
“The other half will go to Friends Of PICU at Southampton General Hospital as they have helped him. Any amount we raise is good. We try to aim for £500 and we always end up going over that amount.”
Although posting requires an exceptional amount of effort and time, it is well worth it for Gary.
He said: “Every year we try to put on more lights, and this year there must be around 15,000 to 16,000 lights, and we also have inflatables outside.
“It took me four weekends to put up the whole display, and it was finished two weeks ago. I thought we weren’t going to finish in time because we had rain and snow .
“Christmas is such an important part of childhood memories and it’s a beautiful time of year. We try to make the most of it and make everyone happy. We want to spread the joy of Christmas.
“A lot of people have come out so far, and it’s nice to see them walking past, stopping and taking pictures.”
Visitors can donate to charities chosen by the charity in a dedicated jar outside their home.
Donations can also be made here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-woodman6
The lights will be on after 4:00 p.m. and off between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. each evening.