Mandy lights up Many­down house for Zoe Mur­phy Ap­peal

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Many­down Close res­i­dent Mandy Steven­son loves dec­o­rat­ing her home for Christ­mas and her dis­play of fes­tive lights have made the house some­thing of a lo­cal tourist at­trac­tion.

This year, the mother of five de­cided that she would have a ‘switch on’ cer­e­mony yes­ter­day (Mon­day) evening to raise funds for the Zoe Mur­phy Ap­peal.

It’s a cause that’s close to her heart, she ex­plains, as her daugh­ter El­lie May, has been in and out of Crum­lin Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in the past.‘ Thank­fully she is ok and didn’t need to travel out of the coun­try for treat­ment.’

Now ten, El­lie May en­thu­si­as­ti­cally helped her mother get the house ready for the big ‘switch on’. They be­gan dec­o­rat- ing the house two weeks ago. ‘I have three Christ­mas trees in­side and a win­ter won­der­land dis­play,’ she ex­plains.

But it’s the eye catch­ing lights out­side which are the big at­trac­tion, with light­ing dis­plays on the house and in the gar­den.

This year, Mandy has pulled out all the stops, buy­ing new dec­o­ra­tions, and or­gan­is­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one who went along to the ‘switch on’.

‘I’ve got great sup­port from my fam­ily and friends and also lo­cal busi­nesses,’ she says. Pel­i­can Pro­mo­tions pro­vided a Santa’s Grotto, while Bar­gain House do­nated dec­o­ra­tions, the Redeemer Creche and Play­group gave se­lec­tion boxes for the chil­dren who went along.

A col­lec­tion box, do­nated by Ea­monn Bishop, will be out­side the house over the Christ­mas pe­riod with dona­tions go­ing to the Zoe Mur­phy Ap­peal.

Mandy Steven­son’s home in Many­down Close.

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