The owners of a house in Watch Elm Close, Bradley Stoke, are hoping their extravagant Christmas lights display will raise more than £1,000 for a locally-based medical research charity.
Mike Checkley and Terry James have decorated the outside of their home with more than forty sets of lights, incorporating a total of around 15,000 individual bulbs, and are inviting people who visit the festive display to make a donation to BRACE, a charity that funds research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The pair spent three weeks putting up the display, before formally switching it on for the Christmas season on Friday 22nd November and it will be powered-up daily between 5pm and 9.30pm until 3rd January 2014.
Mike and Terry’s display has grown from just a single Christmas tree three years ago to what must now be one of the biggest in the area. Last year the lights were restricted to the garden and ground floor of the house, but this year Mike and Terry have also decorated the upper part of the property.
They say they chose BRACE as their charity because dementia and Alzheimer’s has affected both their families and Mike’s sister Lynda is a charity coordinator with the organisation.
Anyone visiting the display can leave a donation in a collecting bucket positioned on the drive of the property. It is also possible to donate online, at www.justgiving.com/Mike-Checkley
Find the property here: BS32 8AN (Google Maps)
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This article originally appeared in the December edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to all homes in Bradley Stoke.