Peterborough father creates fantastic Christmas lights display to raise money for Sue Ryder Hospice

A Peterborough father has decked his house out in tens of thousands festive lights to raise money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

By Rachael Thornton
Saturday, 5th December 2020, 8:10 am

Untangling your Christmas lights each year may seem like it takes forever - but imagine what it’s like for David Wooldridge - he has tens of thousands of lights in his twinkling display.

It takes father of three and grandfather of three David no less than eight days to install his massive Christmas display at his semi detached house in Longthorpe Green, Longthorpe, Peterborough.

He says he enjoys every minute of it though because he loves Christmas and spreading a little cheer.

David, who is a landscape gardener, first started decorating his home in lights six years ago with a simple display of a golden sleigh and reindeers.

Since then it has grown and grown and this year David’s outdoor display includes 28 Christmas trees, a singing Santa, singing reindeers, robins, reindeers and a skiing Santa.

There’s also a wide variety of inflatable light-up decorations including snowmen, Santa in a hot air balloon, an igloo, nutcracker soldiers, polar bears, a Christmas tree, Santas, an Olaf and every possible festive light and decoration you can imagine.

His front garden and back garden are all lit up and wherever you look there’s a twinkling surprise to see.

The hedge at the edge of his home sparkles with hundreds of blue lights and his whole roof is lit up too.

In recent years visitors have travelled from all over the city to see the display so David decided to make it a fundraising opportunity too.

Last year he raised £286 for Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall Peterborough.

David said: “My grandchildren love it and I really enjoy doing it. It’s lovely to see other families enjoying it too.

“Last year, we raised £286 for Sue Ryder and I’m hoping to raise even more this year so please bring your children to have a look around.”

David said he thinks his neighbours enjoy the lights too.

He added: “I’ve never had any complaints. I think most people round here like it. Some of my neighbours have already been round for a closer look.”

And David even says his electricity bill isn’t as big as you’d think.

He said: “They’re all low voltage lights so I don’t think it really makes a difference and to be honest I don’t really look. I love doing it. It’s a bit of fun.”

This year he is also raising money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

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