Graham Witter, organiser and founder of the Weston Christmas Light Display, visited The Donna Louise Hospice on Saturday to formally hand over a cheque for a breath-taking £32,540.
The incredible amount was the result of another magical month of fundraising in December by Graham and his family, as they once again transformed their family home and garden into a spectacular winter wonderland, with thousands of twinkling lights and decorations.
And, Graham’s continued dedication to the Weston Christmas Light Display has seen him raise a jaw-dropping £124,850 for The Donna Louise Hospice since the display first began in 2013.
Graham said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be presenting such a fantastic amount to the Donna Louise and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody who visited my Community fundraiser in December. I’d also like to say a special thank you to our event partner Whitby Morrison, and our principal sponsor Swansway Motor Group, and to all other local businesses who sponsored and supported me. Without their remarkable support – we would not have achieved this milestone.”
The Donna Louise is a special place for 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 Graham founded and started the Weston Christmas Light Display.
Simon Fuller, Chief Executive of The Donna Louise, gratefully received the cheque from Graham and said, “Graham and his family work so hard to make the Weston Christmas Light Display such a huge success. His planning and preparation begins in the summer and it’s a mammoth task to put up all the lights and decorations. We’re very grateful for his dedication and this is a truly fantastic amount of money, which will pay for a care support worker at the Hospice for a year, as well as this year’s training programme for our care staff. On behalf of everyone at the Hospice, I’d like to say a great big thank you to Graham and his family.”