Father-of-two's festive fundraiser for NSPCC

PUBLISHED: 17:36 03 December 2019

Dave Stone with his wife Tash. Picture: Martin Stone

Dave Stone with his wife Tash. Picture: Martin Stone

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A father-of-two is going above and beyond to ensure there is some Christmas spirit.

Dave Stone has decorated his home in Kenn with an estimated 14,000 led lights which will be on display until the new year.

The 31-year-old has spaced out the Christmas lights so they cover his home, including the roof and some parts of the garden entrance.

Last year, he decorated the family home with 7,500 lights which neighbours and families travelling through the village could enjoy.

Dave said: "I've had to take a few days to put up all the lights this year.

"I love Christmas. We have always put the lights up each and every year. And we have always done something for it.

"We invited the family to celebrate the official switch on which the children loved.

"My daughter who is two-and-a-half years old was so excited seeing the boxes of Christmas lights.

"She was too young to understand what was going on when we did the display last year.

"I didn't have a theme for how I placed the lights. I just wanted to get as many as I could on my house.

"I didn't know how I would get them all on.

"In a housing estate you don't get the traffic to see the lights but since we moved it's the perfect space to do it.

"Last year when I did it, there was positive reaction from the neighbours. "

During the switch-on, they were visited by Father Christmas who came to see the display and spoke to the children at the family home.

Martin Stone said his brother Dave promised to provide a bigger display for this year.

Dave is also hoping to raise money for NSPCC, which helps children who are less fortunate.

He added: "Not all children have such a great start in life though, so this year I've set up a crowdfunding page so that people who appreciate my lights can donate to help less fortunate children."

To donate money, visit www.bit.ly/2QRd0Kv

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