Record total for Christmas light display

A spectacular light show saw a well known street raise a record amount from arguably its brightest display yet.

By News Team on January 20, 2022

Residents of Warwick Drive, Hazel Grove, raised £13,000 for St Ann’s from their Christmas light extravaganza in memory of neighbour Christian Boswell.

The 39-year-old father-of-two died of cancer last March and his family had already raised £10,000 for St Ann’s where he was in his final days.

That fundraising support was more than doubled as visitors from near and far generously donated as they toured illuminated homes.

Organiser Tim Lyons has written to fellow neighbours to thank them for once again supporting the traditional display.

The street was full of light and colour and it was probably the best display we've had in the 20-odd years we've been putting on the display. New neighbours even put some of the residents who've lived here a while into the shade with their amazing lights. Visitors were also able to scan a QR code outside my house which made donating much easier. Tim Lyons

Retired music teacher Steve Hallworth, who lives nearby, was a big draw with his entertaining one-man musical show.

Christian’s daughter Darcie, 6, had earlier raised £3,300 in sponsorship from a 32-mile walk as part of the family’s initial fundraising.

You can still donate to the MuchLoved page here:

We are so grateful to Andrea, Tim and the whole street for getting involved. What a kind and creative way of supporting the hospice this festive season in honour of Christian. It means so much to us when the local community raise money for St Ann’s in memory of someone they love. We really couldn’t carry on caring for our patients without you, so thank you so much. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann's Hospice

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