Sun, 11 Dec 2016
CROWDS gathered in a Newbury street last Wednesday for what is now the annual switch-on of a charity Christmas light display.
Ben Hunt, 19, welcomed friends and neighbours to the event which saw him light up the family home in Birchwood Road with thousands of festive lights and decorations.
Mr Hunt has been decorating the home, where he lives with his mother, for as long as he can remember and now uses the festive family tradition to raise funds for charity.
“Last year we raised £180 for Cancer Research and this year we’re raising funds for Myeloma UK,” he explained.
“I’ve been decorating the house with my grandad since I was little but this year he was diagnosed with AL amyloidosis (caused by deposits of abnormal protein in tissues and organs throughout the body) so he couldn’t help and that’s why I’ve chosen the charity.”
Around 70 people braved the freezing cold to watch the big switch-on with Mr Hunt, which this year incorporated a fireworks display to make the spectacle his biggest yet.
He said: “It all went really well and on the night we actually raised £100 so it’s been a really good start.
“I always remember decorating the house and I just really enjoy it.
“I love Christmas.
“It’s always a bit of relief when you switch them on. I did test them a few times but you can never tell if they’re going to come on on the day.”
Mr Hunt estimates there to be around 10,000 individual lights adorning the home, which has now become a bit of a festive landmark in the local area.
The lights will be switched on until January 1 with a collection box at the property for those who would like to donate.
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