With just a week to go until the big switch on, Graham Witter is busy putting the final touches to this year’s Weston Christmas Light Display. His planning began months ago, during lockdown, when he started to think how he could make this year’s event a success, while observing social distancing measures.
This December, Graham and his family will once again transform their family home into a magical Winter Wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights and decorations, to raise money for The Donna Louise Hospice. But with Government restrictions still in place, this year’s event will be a drive-thru event, so that visitors can enjoy this year’s #StarlitGarden from the safety of their own car.
This is the eighth year that Graham has organised the display, in memory of his sister, Jessica, who had a great fascination for colour, light and sound and received respite care at The Donna Louise Hospice. Over the last seven years, he has raised a breath-taking £124,850 for the families, like his, who rely on The Donna Louise for a range of care, support and respite services.
Graham’s hard work and dedication recently saw him named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 as he is receiving the British Empire Medal for his services to charitable fundraising and to the community in Crewe. A fantastic and well-deserved recognition.
Graham said, “I’m thrilled to be able to continue the event this year. It’s been a very difficult year for everyone, so to be able to bring some festive cheer, happiness and joy to the local community makes the months of hard work and planning so worthwhile.
“The event will once again be free to attend, and there’s no need to book in advance, or buy tickets, but I’d like to encourage people to make a donation when they visit, as I’ll be raising money for The Donna Louise which is a local charity very close to my heart. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for people to safely make cash donations when they visit the display throughout December.”
And for the first time, Graham has introduced a #NameAStar initiative which will see 150 personalised, handmade stars displayed around his 20ft lit Christmas Tree, each containing the name of someone special from the local community. Graham added, “I wanted to introduce a way for people to remember their loved ones and celebrate local heroes this Christmas. Since the beginning of October people have been contacting me with the names they’d like to have displayed on their stars and I think the final display will be something really special among this year’s Starlit Garden.” The stars can then be collected from the farm on 16th January as a lasting memory from this year’s Winter Wonderland.
The Weston Christmas Light Display is now a festive favourite in the diaries of many local families, and last year more than 20,000 people visited the display throughout December, helping Graham to raise a staggering £32,540 for The Donna Louise!
Due to the Government COVID restrictions still in place across our local community, the Weston Christmas Lights Drive-thru will now officially open on Wednesday 2nd December at 6.15pm and the lights will shine bright until 28th December, from 6.15pm-9pm. Santa will be visiting again every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening to give everyone a very special Santa Wave, and there’ll be a chance to enjoy a delicious #FestiveIceCream from the safety of your own car, thanks to the support from event partner Whitby Morrison.
The Weston Light Display will shine bright between 2nd – 28th December (6.15pm-9pm) at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org