A north-east street’s spectacular Christmas lights display has raised more than £2,000 for good causes in just two days.
Residents of Malcolm’s Way in Stonehaven have once again joined together to offer a dazzling display of festive lights and decorations.
Every year the households bling up their homes with multi-coloured displays and invite donations from passersby.
Patricia Bruce, 41, has helped spearhead the event for the past six years.
After moving to the town in 2009, Patricia and her late husband Tom, who passed away in 2015 from cancer, started decorating their home with lights to raise money for the Dialysis Unit at Kincardine Hospital.
This year the neighbourhood is raising funds for Friends of Carronhill School, which hopes to purchase playground equipment which would allow children with special needs the chance to play in a “safer environment”.
The public switch-on took place yesterday evening, with a private switch-on for residents on Saturday night.
Patricia, who lives with her children Daniel, 4, and Melanie, 11, said: “I think our private event was the biggest we’ve ever had – we had hundreds of people in the neighbourhood turn up with their close friends.
“We’ve roughly made £2,000 for Friends of Carronhill School, but we don’t know the full amount yet.
“I think this equipment would be a blessing to a lot of people. It would offer a lot of children, not just the school but also the community, a safer environment to play in.
“Last year, we were raising money for their sensory room which is getting installed this week.”
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Patricia has also set up a tree in her garden dedicated to those who have lost a loved one and would like to send a message or hang a Christmas card.
She said: “Last year, we raised money for Friends of ANCHOR and this year, the tree’s bucket will go towards the Sunrise Partnership.
“It’s a bereavement group that helps children and young adults who have lost someone. They know the language for these children to understand.
“When I found out about their service I was so relieved – these are the types of charities that look after our kids.
“This year, the theme is the invisible string. So anyone who has a connection to someone they lost I asked them to pick a colourful string and hang a message or a card on the tree.”