23 November 2021

Christmas lights that care

We are asking local residents who turn their houses into a true festive light spectacle to consider asking for donations to help fund the care that we provide, day and night, throughout the festive season and beyond.

This year Michelle Pulis is marking 10 years of being cancer-free and she and her family are once again set to spread festive cheer with their brilliant Christmas lights display from the last weekend in November.

Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer when her boys were very young, and underwent chemotherapy and surgery to treat it successfully. She joined our course “Cancer: the next step” for cancer survivors at Grove House, and the support she received inspired her to raise funds so other families could benefit too.

Each year, Michelle, Ian and their two sons, aged 11 and 14, create a heart-warming winter wonderland that raises funds for our charity. The front of their house is transformed with hundreds of lights, an intricate Lego display with electric train, Disney scene and a nativity scene crafted from polystyrene, and much, much more.

Michelle Lights 3

“We try and introduce something new and different every year,” says Michelle, who has been creating the display with her family’s help for the last eight years, raising over £3,000 for our services last year alone.

“It takes a lot of time and work to put the display together,” she admits. “We usually start behind-the-scenes construction over the summer, and we all have a part to play. After Halloween, we’ll start to piece the ‘set’ together outside with help from family and friends. Our neighbours say it marks the start of the festive season for them when our lights go on at the end of November.”

Be inspired by the Pulis’ spectacular display between 4pm and 9pm every day from the last weekend of November until New Year’s Day. Follow the family on Facebook (Blair Close Christmas Lights) and on Instagram (@pulis_christmas_lights_house_) or visit Blair Close, Woodhall Farm to experience the magic for yourself.

If you would like to fundraise with your own light display or event please email community@renniegrove.org.