Glowing bright for the hospice

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

  • by Rachel Hermolle

A quiet Blackpool street will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland to raise money for the Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

Six neighbours on Melbourne Avenue, Anchorsholme are preparing to welcome a marching band and Santa Claus, to celebrate the switching on of their decorations on Sunday December 15.

This year the Melbourne Avenue Christmas lights, which have become a local landmark, will raise funds towards a vital modernisation of Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

Mick Curwen said: “Our display really brightens up the area and as I work as a member of the Trinity Hospice housekeeping team it is great to be able to raise money for a cause so close to my heart.”

Last year the switch on raised £200 and attracted around 250 spectators and Mick hopes to see the same amount of interest again this year.

He said: “There is a lot of interest locally in our decorations. Of course some houses have better lights, but with six of us all taking part we really do create something a bit special.

“Every year we get a lot of people stopping outside and taking pictures and even the buses slow down as they drive past.”

Anchorsholme ward councillor Coun Paul Galley, said: “I think the event is fantastic, not just because it brings the community together and provides bright colours but also because it is for such a good cause. I am really looking forward to it.”

The switch-on will take place between 4pm and 6pm.

Taylors Bakers will be serving hot pot and donations will be collected for Hospice Heroes.

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