Over the weekend, The Donna Louise’s ambassador supporter Graham Witter handed over a cheque for £26,760 following his magical 2018 light spectacular fundraising event.
The display is on show on at Graham’s family home in Weston, on the outskirts of Crewe, each December.
For the sixth year running, Graham organised the Weston Christmas Light Display and transformed the exterior of his house and garden into a Winter Wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights.
Graham said: “I’m delighted to be presenting this cheque to The Donna Louise, thanks to the generosity of each and every visitor who came along to support my festive fundraiser.
“Without their remarkable support – we would not have achieved this milestone.”
Graham explained: “It takes hundreds of hours of hard work and months of planning and preparation beforehand, to get the display ready each year, but it’s worth every minute to see so many families and young people enjoying it.
“Having welcomed more new visitors than ever-before, it’s humbling to see so much love and support for a charity which is so close to our hearts.”
The Donna Louise is special to Graham and his family as his sister, Jessica, received respite care at the hospice before she sadly died in December 2015.
Jessica had many complex health needs and it was her fascination for colour, light and sound that first inspired the Weston Christmas Light Display.
Since 2013, the light display has got better and better each year – and Graham has now raised a phenomenal total of more than £92,000 for The Donna Louise.
Simon Fuller, chief executive of The Donna Louise, commented: “We’re so grateful to Graham for all his hard work in making the Weston Christmas Light Display such a huge success and raising such a fantastic amount of money.
“He works so hard to plan and put up the decorations and lights, and we’re so grateful for his dedication.
“The money he’s raised this year will help fund a learning disability nurse and provide two ‘sign and symbol’ communication workshops for hospice staff.”
The Donna Louise Hospice provides care and support for children, young adults and their families, from initial diagnosis.
This care is provided in its purpose-built hospice, in the family home – or via a combination of both, depending on the family’s preference.
The hospice currently cares for more than 260 children and young adults from across Staffordshire and Cheshire and must raise £4.5 million each year to run its service.