A Bellingham woman is giving the Fenwick’s window a run for its money with a stunning Christmas light display in a bid to raise funds for Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Rosa Buchanan, 79, with help from her daughter Lisa, has festooned over 2,000 lights on the outside of her house at 10 Hillside in the town. The display also includes a nativity scene, Father Christmas with his reindeer, numerous snowmen and a real Christmas tree.

The stunning spectacular will be on display until the New Year and Rosa is hoping that visitors to the display will make an online donation to Tynedale Hospice at Home, as well as fill people with Christmas spirit.

“I can’t think of a better way to embrace the festive season: you can come and see our amazing light display whilst helping a worthy cause at the same time. We’d love to see as many people as possible!”

Rosa chose to support Tynedale Hospice at Home after she received helped from its Hospital Transport Service when she was receiving treatment for breast cancer a few years ago.

She said: “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer it was a real shock and came completely out of the blue. My treatment involved daily trips to the Freeman Hospital for radiotherapy but the thought of getting to and from the hospital was incredibly daunting. When I heard about Tynedale at Home’s Hospital Transport Service through a friend I thought I would see what they could offer and I am so glad I made the call.

“The volunteer drivers were an absolute god-send to me. They provided a prompt, professional door to door service. The one to one attention they gave me was just incredible and I can honestly say I don’t think I would have got through my treatment without them. They literally helped save my life. I can’t thank them or Tynedale Hospice at Home enough for how they supported me through a very difficult time.

“We usually decorate the house every year but this year we’ve really pushed the boat out and hope that people will get behind us and donate to the fundraiser.”

Cathy Bates, Senior Community Fundraiser at Tynedale Hospice at Home, said: “This is a brilliant way to raise money for charity and we’re so thankful to Rosa and her family for taking the time to festoon their house with this stunning display and turn it into a fundraiser for Tynedale Hospice at Home. Every penny raised will make a difference to the people that need our services.”

To make a donation visit https://tynedalehospice.com/donate

In 2017/2018, Tynedale Hospice at Home’s 32 volunteer drivers transported 92 patients to and from hospital, travelled 33,627 miles and undertook 577 drives to ensure patients got to hospital for their treatment.

Tynedale Hospice at Home provides hospice nursing care to people in their own homes, pre and post bereavement support through its Family Support Services and a Hospital Transport Service to people living in Tynedale, West Northumberland, Ponteland and the surrounding areas.  All its services are provided free of charge.