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Knowle West home lit up with 1,700 lights for charity

Christmas lights in Ruthven Road. Picture by Gail Bevan.
Christmas lights in Ruthven Road. Picture by Gail Bevan.

A Knowle West home has been lit up with over 1,700 lights to raise money for charity.

Stuart Bizley (22) of Ruthven Road took up the challenge of decorating his house this Christmas for Alzheimer’s Society.

The lights, including Father Christmases, shooting stars and reindeer, can be seen until 6 January – and Stuart hopes to raise over £1,000 in donations.

At a big switch on the public were treated to fireworks and a singer as well as candyfloss and popcorn.

Stuart (22) and partner Shaun have been bringing Christmas cheer to their street by lighting up their home for the last three years.  But this is the first time Stuart has decided to do so for charity.

He said: ‘I’ve worked in the care sector for five years and decided to support Alzheimer’s Society because I’ve seen first-hand how dementia can affect people…”

Resident Gail Bevan who attended the switch on with her family said: “People have been brightening up the area for years with their Christmas lights – but this was the best display I’ve seen in a long time. The switch on event was packed with people and it brought the community together…”

Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser Julie Kemp said: “As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Stuart to help us continue our vital work…”