Family transforms Horsham home into winter wonderland for charity

Sallyanne and Carrina King outside their home. Pic Steve Robards SR1527498
Sallyanne and Carrina King outside their home. Pic Steve Robards SR1527498

A festive fundraising family have transformed their home into a winter wonderland in aid of a children’s cancer charity.

For the seventh time, the King family of Cottingham Avenue, Horsham, has lit up their house - and this year’s display is bigger and better than ever.

The King family has put on another Christmas lights display and will be raising money for charity through it in Cottingham Avenue, Horsham.  Pic Steve Robards SR1527491 SUS-150812-190851001

The King family has put on another Christmas lights display and will be raising money for charity through it in Cottingham Avenue, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SR1527491 SUS-150812-190851001

It features a snow machine, which sometimes covers the garden in a light dusting when change is pushed through the letterbox.

Sallyanne King, 51, said the display would not happen without the hard work of her ‘Christmas crazy’ husband Grahame.

She said: “I think my husband is Christmas crazy! He wanted to do it for the children when they were young and he got such a buzz out of seeing their faces.

“It takes him two days to get everything down from the loft.

A family enjoys the display. Pic Steve Robards SR1527523

A family enjoys the display. Pic Steve Robards SR1527523

“He spends another day repairing everything and then two days together with our eldest daughter putting them around the house and working it out, ready for the switch on bang on time on December 1.

“I think he will continue doing it all the time he can get up a ladder.

“Every year I say ‘shall we not do it’ and he looks at me and says ‘of course we have to do it!’.”

The family has raised about £2000 for charities over the last six years.

Grahame King makes last minute adjustments. Pic Steve Robards SR1527519

Grahame King makes last minute adjustments. Pic Steve Robards SR1527519

For the first two years of the display, the family raised funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.

But they were inspired to begin fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation when Sallyanne, who works at a nursery, became aware of a young girl who was cared for by the charity before her death.

Last year they smashed their previous best total by raising £645 for Make-A-Wish.

Sallyanne said: “We were going to change this year, but it is a lovely charity for children and Christmas is all about children.

“Last year was the best year we ever did.

“It would be lovely to beat it again, but who knows.”

They are assured of at least 50 tiny visitors when the children at Sallyanne’s nursery visit the snowy scene with their parents and grandparents.

She explained that the week before Christmas is usually the best fundraising week, as the schools have broken up.

As well as the snow machine, this year’s display includes Father Christmas and reindeer toys and a Christmas Day countdown.

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