Christmas isn’t cancelled, but it will be different this year.
Nobody knows that more than local fundraiser Graham Witter, pictured, whose family home near Crewe welcomed more than 20,000 visitors last year as part of his annual Weston Christmas Light Display which raises funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
Graham explained, “It’s been a pretty tough year for everyone, so we wanted to be able to still bring happiness, love, and cheer to our community this Christmas.
“But with social distance measures in place, we’ve had to think really carefully about the best way to keep our visitors safe.
“By holding a drive-thru event, it means that people can still enjoy the lights and decorations, but from the safety of their own car.”
Graham reassured visitors: “There will still be all the things that people love about the Weston Christmas Light Display, including our animated display, with thousands of twinkling lights and decorations.
“Visitors will also be able to enjoy a festive ice cream and Santa will still be here, but this year he’ll be doing a special ‘Santa Wave’ every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.”
Name A Star
Graham added: “I’m also very excited to announce that we’re also launching a brand new ‘Name A Star’ initiative,” where people can remember a loved one or celebrate a local hero.
A 20ft starlit Christmas tree will be surrounded by 150 handmade metal stars, each containing the name of someone special.
The ‘Starlit Garden’ will become a vehicle drive-thru event (1st-28th December).
This is the eighth year that Graham has organised the spectacular festive light display, in memory of his sister Jessica who had a great fascination for colour, light and sound.
Jessica received respite care at The Donna Louise, and it’s for this reason the charity was selected as the event’s beneficiary.
Over the last seven years, Graham has raised nearly £125,000.
Simon fuller, chief executive of The Donna Louise said: “Graham’s support for the hospice is truly outstanding.
“This has been a really tough year for everyone and it would have been understandable for Graham to cancel the event completely.
“But his commitment to putting on a magical event which everyone can enjoy, in a safe way, while raising money for a cause so close to his heart, is inspiring.”
The Weston Light Display will shine bright between 1st-28th December (6.15pm-9pm) at: Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston.
For more information about the event, please visit: www.facebook.com/westonlightdisplay