Downham Market family light up Christmas to help health house charity

Ronald McDonald Charity fund raising Christmas Lights display Downham Market, LtoR, Colin Morgan with Ellie-Mai Morgan and Charlotte Pulley with Poppy Rose Morgan, ANL-141218-092932009
Ronald McDonald Charity fund raising Christmas Lights display Downham Market, LtoR, Colin Morgan with Ellie-Mai Morgan and Charlotte Pulley with Poppy Rose Morgan, ANL-141218-092932009
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A couple have set up a spectacular Christmas lights display at their home to support the charity who helped them when their new daughter was seriously ill.

Poppy-Rose Morgan, who is now 13 months old, was born with a liver tumour and two holes in her heart.

Shortly after her arrival in November last year, she was transferred from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to the Kings College Hospital in London, where she remained for four weeks.

She still has to go back to the Kings College Hospital and a specialist cardiac unit in London every three months for check-ups.

She also has to take a beta-blocker to prevent medication from affecting her heart.

But, during her stay in hospital, her parents Colin Morgan and Charlotte Pulley were supported by the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide temporary housing for families with children in hospital.

And they have now put up a display containing 1800 lights at their home in Wesley Close, Downham, to raise money for them.

Mr Morgan, 25, admitted the display had caused quite a stir in the area.

He said: “We’re getting the wow factor.

“We live right next door to the Nelson Academy and all the school children have been coming round to have a look at the lights.”

There are 14 Ronald McDonald houses across Britain which are designed to give families a home away from home when one of their children is ill.

More than 7,000 families were supported by the charity across the country last year.

And Mr Morgan said: “When we got to the hospital, they said we could stay with them for as long as we needed and all they asked was a £20 donation.”

Miss Pulley , 22, added: “I don’t know what we would have done without them.

“We would have been travelling there every day or stuck out on the streets while our daughter was in hospital.

“Without them, we would have been really stuck. They are fantastic.”

The lights are switched on at around 4.30pm every day. Anyone who would like to make a donation can bring them to the house or go online to www.rmhc.org.uk.