Festive fundraisers are putting on a Christmas lights show to raise thousands of pounds for The Kirkwood.
Amazing fundraiser Derek Highe has lit up his home in Mirfield every year bar one since 2002 and up to last Christmas had raised an incredible £63,650.62.
His lights show is on every night until New Year (4.30pm-10pm) and for hundreds of families Christmas isn’t Christmas without a trip to Derek’s home in Robin Royd Avenue.
Meanwhile in Fenay Bridge there’s an estate known locally as “little Blackpool” because of its fabulous display of Christmas illuminations.
More than three-quarters of residents on Fenay Bridge Park traditionally light up their homes and last year the estate teamed up with The Kirkwood for the first time to set up a fundraising trail.
This year it’s back and residents have joined with neighbouring Lepton to create the Fenay Bridge & Lepton Kirkwood Festive Light Trail.
This year’s trail, which had a scaled down switch-on due to the pandemic, has been organised by Hazel Sutcliffe, Victoria Field and Julie Ingamells.
Hazel said: “The trail started last year. After the pandemic struck The Kirkwood needed to think outside the box for how they could continue to raise funds given the unique challenges of the pandemic.
“Last year the trail had a wider scope than this year where it is just Fenay Bridge Park, Fenay Bridge and Lepton.
“Last year the trail raised around £14k for The Kirkwood. It started after conversation where someone suggested visiting ‘little Blackpool.’
“It is a fantastic community effort by everyone involved and let’s hope we can continue to raise funds for such a great cause.”
Everyone is welcome to follow the Fenay Bridge & Lepton Kirkwood Festive Light Trail and marvel at the lights. To donate £5 text SPARKLE5 (or the amount you want to donate) to 70470.
To donate to Derek’s fundraiser go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rrxmas.
For more information search Fenay Bridge & Lepton Kirkwood Festive Light Trail or Robin Royd Christmas Lights on Facebook.