Lights dis­plAy rAises £18,000 for chAr­ity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

An in­cred­i­ble Christ­mas lights dis­play has raised more than £18,000 for Can­cer Re­search UK af­ter at­tract­ing huge crowds. With more than one mil­lion bulbs on show peo­ple were queu­ing for up to two miles to get in at Wil­low House, Dun­combes Road, Turves in De­cem­ber.

The­lights wereshow­cased byRober­tandA­man­daDempsey­who, for­thethirdyear­run­ning, wel­comed thou­sands of guests into their home ev­ery night in the week­srun­ningup to Christ­mas.

And such is the de­mand to see the re­mark­able dis­play that the money raised has in­creased­from£2,200twoyears ago to £18,270 last month.

Robert ( 49) said: “One night they were queu­ing to the bridge which is a mile away, and half­way to the sec­ond bridge which is two miles away.

“We wel­comed every­one with Cel­e­bra­tions, and we got through 100 tubs this Christ- mas.

“I’ve been ac­cused of hav­ingOCD- Ob­ses­siveChrist­mas Dis­or­der. I do try my best to bet­ter the dis­play ev­ery year.

“The most com­mon re­ac­tion we got was, ‘we have never seen any­thing like it in our lives’. No end of peo­ple came more than once.

“We raised more than I ex­pected. I ex­pected £15,000.”

The elec­tric­ity for the lights is run off two big diesel gen­er­a­tors which cost the Dempseys be­tween £700 and £800 a month.

They are also in­debted to John Wat­son Elec­tri­cal And Prop­erty Ser­vices which helped them get the lights out of stor­age. It then takes a month for them to be wired up.

Lo­cal su­per­mar­kets were also gen­er­ous in do­nat­ing the Cel­e­bra­tions for the vis­i­tors.

And­no­tone­tor­est, Robert is al­ready pre­pared for next Christ­mas. He added: “I’ve al­ready­bough­talotofnew­lights in the Jan­uary sale. I’ve spent about £4,000 in the last week but it was all half price!”

Robert and Amanda Dempsey hand­ing a cheque to Jo Mar­riott, lo­cal fundrais­ing man­ager for Can­cer Re­search UK

The lights in all their glory

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