Festive lights displays to raise funds for cancer charity

Two Christmas lights displays will be held in Reepham raising money for a Norwich-based cancer charity.

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A lights display will again be held at Fiveways, Richmond Rise (just off New Road). The lights will be switched on every evening from 5–9 pm from 1 December until 5 January.
The gates will be opened for one family at a time to take a photo of children under the arch on the path in front of the lights on 1 December and 24 December and every Saturday and Sunday evening from 5–5.30 pm, weather permitting, when a snow machine will make the scene even more magical.
Organiser Ian Tooley said: “We have been putting the lights up for many years as it brings of pleasure to so many people.
“We lost our mum to cancer several years ago and she loved having the Christmas lights up to bring pleasure to both adults and children.
“Please respect others and keep your distance. Enjoy the lights and help us raise money as I am sure we all know someone that has had to deal with cancer. We wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.”
A collection box will be lit up on the gate with donations going to the Big C Cancer Support and Information Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The Richmond Rise Christmas lights display has been organised by the Tooley family since 1992, with collections for charity since 2006.
Smugglers Lane
Another Christmas lights display is again being set up at 6 Smugglers Lane, opposite the doctors’ surgery, by Laura Hudson in memory of her grandfather Walter Matthew (Matty) Hall (1929–2020, pictured below), who was a policeman in Reepham for many years.
These lights will be switched on from 4.30–8 pm from 1 December to 5 January. There will be a collection box on the gate for donations to the Big C cancer charity.
Ms Hudson said: “My mum and I have put up the outside Christmas lights for many years for my nan and grandad, and as I have been ill my Aunty Maria has helped as well.
“One memory we have is when Grandad would come out with his walking frame to inspect the lights and his face would light up, taking him back to his childhood. I’m sure he will be smiling down on them now.”

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