Across Kent, Surrey and Sussex our amazing supporters have created some incredible Christmas displays to help raise funds for our life-saving charity.
With all of us facing increased energy costs this year, we want to say an extra special thank you to the residents and businesses who have come together to bring festive cheer and to help us give the gift of life this Christmas. We could not do what we do without you, and on behalf of the communities we serve, a heartfelt thank you.
Residents of Saxifrage Way in Worthing raised over £400 in the first few days of their annual display being switched on recently. This is the third time that they have fundraised for us with their spectacular Christmas lights display, and this year the event has also received support from local business. Thank you to everyone for making this possible.
In Oxted, Surrey, you can see a light show accompanied with music on Home Park every Friday and Saturday night in December. Last year, neighbours raised over £1,700 for us and they have set an ambitious target to raise even more this year. Thank you to Nikki Douthwaite and her incredible neighbours.
The Christmas lights at Hawthorne Close in River, Kent, are a spectacular sight. Earlier this year we were thrilled to welcome some of the organisers of this annual fundraiser to our Redhill base, when we received a cheque for an incredible £3,000 raised through last year’s Christmas lights display. Thank you so much!
And now for something a little different… On Sunday 18th December, Weald of Kent Young Farmers will put on a Light it Up! Tractor Run, parading through Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Staplehurst and Marden and raising funds for KSS. Find out about the best places to watch the parade by visiting the club’s Facebook page. Thank you, Young Farmers!
In Burgess Hill computer programmer Adam White has used his skills to create a light show synchronised to music. The display, which Adam has been working on since January, features an astonishing 12,500 bulbs. Truly `brilliant’ work, Adam!
Other fabulous Festive fundraisers include a Santa Run for staff and students at Thomas Aveling School in Rochester and a magnificent display in Thong Lane, Gravesend.
Nick Turrell, our Community Fundraising Manager, said: “We are so grateful to everyone for supporting our charity, particularly when we are all facing additional costs. Each year, we must raise £15.2M to deliver our life-saving service 24/7 for the 4.8 million people who live in our region, and 86% of our total income is raised through the generosity of our supporters. Your support will help us to give the gift of life this Christmas, and on behalf of Team KSS, a huge thank you!”