Oxborough mum puts on Christmas light display to raise funds for Brain Research UK after her son is diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia 27
A mum-of-two has put on a magical Christmas light display to raise money for charity after her youngest child was diagnosed with a rare brain condition.
Hollie Wilson, 20, who is a mum to three-year-old Aubree-Meadow and Lincoln, aged 16 months, was recently told the news that her “incredible little boy” has a degenerative brain condition called Spinocerebellar Ataxia 27.
This currently has no cure and no treatment is available, while people with it tend to have a shorter life expectancy than normal.
Both of her children love lights and anything sensory, so this year Hollie has decided she wants to raise money for Brain Research UK because of her son's condition.
To raise money for the charity, she has decorated her garden with a Christmas display, where people can walk through the lit-up arches and take photos. There are even free toys and chocolate for children.
The display is located at her home in Oxborough, down Eastmoor Road.
There is also a post box for people to post letters to Santa, as well as Christmas decorations which anyone can decorate and then hang on the trees. These will then be used “every year for many to come every time I do my display”.
“People have been travelling over an hour to come to see the lights display – we have a great turnout,” Hollie said.
“I am truly grateful to everyone who has visited. Seeing kids’ faces light up is so amazing and hearing the families all laugh and seeing them smile is why I do it.”
Hollie said Lincoln is impressing everyone with his development despite his condition.
She added: “He is impressing everyone, he’s an absolutely incredible little boy filled with so much determination.”
Hollie has a money pot and a JustGiving page for people wishing to donate.
The lights are on from 3.30-8pm every night until January 1.
Hollie said: “We are adding to the display almost daily and will be continuing to add with the more I keep buying.
“We are doing incredible with the funds.”
People can lose the ability to walk and can develop deafness, blindness, balance issues and co-ordination problems.
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