Watch – Family creates huge Christmas lights displays with ‘Coca-Cola truck’
Huge Christmas lights displays featuring a light-up Coca-Cola truck and a sleigh have been created by three siblings to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts. The Pickering family have been decorating their three homes in Telford for years and over the last two years have raised more than GBP8,000 for different charities. Thousands of families visit the three houses in Dawley each Christmas to see the huge attractions – which take a month to set up.
:Make your own gin Christmas parties launched at Shropshire Distillery Shaun, Ryan and Louise Pickering turn their lights on each day at about 4.30pm until 10pm at 23 Manor Road, 69 Webb Crescent and 20 TrinityRoad for visitors to see. One of the main attractions, the Coca-Cola truck, was created by Shaun and designed by Louise.
Shaun, a carpenter for Wrekin Housing Group, said he had been living with his father John in Rhodes Avenue and decorated their home for years, but only when his dad passed away two years ago did they decide to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
The display on Manor Road
Last year they raised more than GBP6,000 for Telford Mind in memory of their uncle Gordon who died 22 years ago at the age of 41. And this year they will also raise funds for the same charity. Shaun said: “I started the Christmas lights about five or six years ago at my dad’s and we did it for charity for the first time a couple of years ago when my dad passed away.
Part of the display at Webb Crescent
“Because of how much effort we put in we thought why not do it for charity?
This year is the third year we’re doing it for charity. “The last two years have been for Telford Mind, we have had our own struggles with mental health, we lost our uncle 22 years ago. “The first year we did it for the British Heart Foundation as dad passed away from a heart attack.
A reindeer on Manor Road
“Last year we raised GBP3,100 for Telford Mind and my work match funded it so it was GBP6,300.
We’ve got collection buckets at all three addresses and an online fundraising page. The first year we raised GBP1,025 for the British Heart Foundation, so GBP2,050 with the match funding. “Each year we keep adding to it and I decided to build something like a replica Coca-Cola truck, the year my dad passed away I built it and my sister did the drawing and I painted it.
It’s normally at my house but as I moved it’s at my sister’s this year. We built a sleigh which is at my house. “We start putting up the lights at the end of September, it takes ages because we don’t want to rush it.
We have a projector running on my brother’s house with family photos and research about mental health too so show why we do it.
The lights at Webb Crescent
“We have the lights on right up until New Year’s Day. They’re all LED so the electricity cost isn’t that bad. “My street and my brother’s are off each other and my sister’s is a single street away, we’re right next to each other.
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BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.
This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps. Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.
You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.
Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you. Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.
You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation. “We’ve had people coming from Shrewsbury, I’d say last week alone we had 1,000 people. It’s really amazing.
We like to speak to them if we can, they normally say it’s out of this world, then they ask about the electricity bill and how long it takes us to set up. We just love doing it.” To , or to donate, visit the family’s fundraising page here.
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