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.
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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.

Coun Paul Galley

Coun Paul Galley

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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