A Clenchwarton couple have delivered on their Christmas promises once again, by turning their home into a Winter Wonderland to raise funds for dementia care at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Rosemary and Tony Fox were unsure if they would be able to host the fundraiser this year after Rosemary finished treatment for skin cancer just weeks ago, but they beat the odds to bring the magic of Christmas to their home.
Mrs Fox said: “I’ve had skin cancer five times now, but you just get on with it. It’s worth it to see the childrens’ faces – that’s what it’s all about. We love planning it all and start work in October, but we make sure it is bigger and better every year. It’s so magical.”
The couple have been running the event for years, but it is proving more popular than ever after their first open evening attracted a crowd of 40. With local clown Crazy Bananas on hand to turn on the lights and entertain the crowds, it was the perfect start to the Christmas celebrations on the Linford Estate.
Mrs Fox said: “The open evening was brilliant, the kids were all shouting at the top of their voices for the countdown, it was quite emotional really to see how excited they were to go in.
“This year, we’ve got a little stable with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the three Kings in the front garden, plus a Christmas tree on the garage, a giant train set and there’s Santa’s grotto at the bottom of the garden. We finish with hot food and mince pies, all the children get a present and we just ask for donations in return.”
She added: “Last year, we were raising money for Rudham Ward but this year we have chosen dementia care because they are really struggling for funds.”
The pair have already raised just short of £400 despite only being open for a couple of nights so far, already beating last year’s total of £370. Now they hope to raise even more for the charity.
Mrs Fox said: “I can’t believe how giving people have been for the raffle, we have 12 prizes. We’re trying everything we can to raise as much money as possible this year.
“It’s just something that is so nice fo the kids, it brings out the big kid in all of us. My husband and I always say life’s too short to grow up! All the neighbours love it as well and we’re hoping to go carol singing on Christmas Eve to raise some more money.”
Open evenings are held at the house, at 29 Linford Estate, Clenchwarton, on December 13, 20 and 21 – when the raffle will be held – running from 6-9pm.