December 30, 2014
Burnham's Trinity Close Christmas lights raise £9,200 for charity

More than £9,200 has been raised for charity in just four weeks from donations collected from visitors to Burnham-On-Sea's Trinity Close Christmas lights display.

The Trinity Close homes switched on their 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights at the start of December.

The display - which has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national press - is continuing to be lit each night until January 4th.

Resident Nick Gardner told "We have been overwhelmed by the huge turnout of visitors - the support for the charities has been fantastic and we are delighted to have already beaten last year's total!"

Fellow resident Paula Payne said she is also delighted by the response, adding: "There's one more week to go and it would be great if we could make the magic £10,000."

The lights raised a total of £8,250 for charity last year and this year's collection is helping PETAL: The Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust, plus Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue, Musgrove Park Maternity Ward and Burnham Scouts. A total of £50,000 has been raised for charity since the collections started eight years ago.

The homes are decorated top to bottom with lights, in addition to roofs, lawns and garden fences. The display is lit each night between 4.15pm and 10pm until January 4th.

The Daily Mail newspaper sad Trinity Close is 'Britain's Most Festive Street' and ITV West also featured the display on Friday evening.

Residents Nick and Hazel Gardner began the tradition 12 years ago with neighbours Chris Woodberry and his late wife Christine.

The display is being lit each evening between 4.15pm and 10pm until Sunday January 4th when the final charity tally will be calculated.

The eight Trinity Close homes switched on their illuminations at the start of December and since then crowds of visitors have come to see them.


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