23rd November 2018

Family to illuminate house for hospice close to heart

A dedicated fundraiser will illuminate his house in a dazzling display of Christmas lights to raise money for a hospice close to his family’s heart.

Steve Symonds, who lives in Whitbourne, and his family will host the grand switch on event on Saturday, December 8 at 6.30pm.

Flicking the switch will be Britain’s Got Talent star Donchez Dacres – known for his song Wiggle Wine – and the community is invited to join the festivities, which are raising money for St Richard’s Hospice.

The spectacle has become an annual event, raising more than £4,000 for a number of charities over the past seven years.

“In our first year we raised funds for St Richard’s Hospice, where our granddad spent his final days,” said Mr Symonds, aged 25.

“The care it gave, not just to my granddad but my whole family, was admirable. We wanted to do something to say thank you for all the hospice did for our family in a time of need.”

Mr Symonds’ uncle, Paul Etheridge, was also cared for by the hospice before he died in March.

“St Richard’s means a lot to our family as they have helped us all through the toughest of times over the years,” added Mr Symonds.

“They not only gave the best care to our family members, but supported us all throughout their illnesses.”

The switch-on of the display will take place at 29 Acreage, Whitbourne, WR6 5SA. Introducing the special guest will be the Mayor and Mayoress of Bromyard.

There will be mulled wine, mince pies, stalls, a raffle and a visit from Father Christmas – who will have presents for children. The fun begins at 5.30pm.

The display, which takes just over a month to put up, will be available to enjoy until 4th January. There will be a donations bucket on the gate.

Mr Symonds added: “The event is special to us as it’s a way of thanking the wonderful charities who work tirelessly to care for our loved ones.”

Claire James, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We are so grateful to Steve for choosing to support us again this year with this wonderful community event. We hope everyone enjoys the incredible display this Christmas.”

For more information about the event, please contact Mr Symonds on 01886 821736.