A house in Havering-atte-Bower has been turned into a spectacular festive attraction for the final time.
Sylvia and Terry Littlewood of Broxhill Road in Havering-atte-Bower have adorned their house with thousands of lights to create a winter wonderland that this year also features a tribute to the people of France after the recent terrorist outrages with a giant flag made out of red white and blue lights on the roof.
Sylvia (pictured) and Terry have arranged the display each festive season for the last fifteen years with help from Sylvia's twin sister Susan and Susan's husband Mark who live next door and over that time have raised nearly £27,000 for charity. This year, as in many previous years, money raised will help Saint Francis Hospice and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
"Last year we raised £3,800 and that was our highest amount ever so we are hoping we can do even better for our final light display," said Sylvia.
In addition to the outdoor light display there are also three bay window displays featuring an alpine resort scene, a Christmas fairground and a winter animal land especially designed for younger children. The public is welcome to have a look in all those windows too.
Sylvia said: "We started to put the lights up in September and I'm glad we did as the weather has been so awful recently! Initially more than fifteen years ago my husband put up the lights for a bit of fun but over the years it escalated and frankly got out of hand but sadly this will have to be our last year because due to health issues and age we can't commit the amount of work it needs in future years. We originally just did it for pleasure but then lots of people persuaded us to put out a collection bucket and raise money for charity and we are so grateful for all the donations we have received over the years."
Anne Brown, Head of Fundraising at Saint Francis Hospice said: "The hospice is enormously grateful for the thousands of pounds that the Littlewoods have raised for us over many years. Last year alone they gave us £1,900 that had been collected from the public who came to admire their amazing light display. The money will help fund our nurses and doctors who are working in the local community to help people with life-limiting illnesses."
The house is near the junction of Noak Hill Road and Straight Road, Harold Hill on the road that leads up to Bedfords Park and Saint Francis Hospice. The lights will be shining, and flashing, until January 6th. Have a look and please donate generously.
The illuminations at the Littlewood's house in Broxhill Road
Close up of one of the window displays