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Wistaston Christmas House Raises Money for Charity

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

A Wistaston householder once again decorated their house in Christmas lights to raise money for charity.

Donation box for Children with Cancer UK on front wall (photograph: Jonathan White)

For the fifth consecutive year Allyn Nightingale has dressed up his bungalow and driveway on Rope Bank Avenue in Wistaston with bells, baubles, thousands of different coloured lights, and lit-up trees and characters including snowmen, reindeer, and penguins. There were also life size cut-outs of Santa Claus & Mrs Claus under the mistletoe with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & other reindeer with wrapped presents ready to be delivered, along with The Snowman and James from the British animated television film, and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen movie.

Lit-up characters in front of the house (photograph: Jonathan White)

There was a donation box on their front wall to raise money for charity ‘Children with Cancer UK’. Children with Cancer UK actively raise and invest money for vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer.

Lit-up snowman character (photograph: Jonathan White)

A fantastic £302.20 was raised in 2021, with over £1,200 raised over the past 5 years.

Santa Claus & Mrs Claus under the mistletoe (photograph: Jonathan White)

Allyn Nightingale chose to raise money for Children with Cancer UK each year because he had been decorating his bungalow for many years just for fun. However, his son Simon Benbow decided to run the London Marathon in 2019 for Children with Cancer UK and asked if Allyn would help with his fundraising, so that’s how it all began.

Allyn Nightingale said: “I would like thank everyone who has donated to this wonderful cause. The generosity over the last five years has been overwhelming, long may it continue.”

For further information relating to Children with Cancer UK please visit: https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/