Sutton Coldfield family raise over £2,000 with Christmas light display
In November, Sutton Coldfield Local reported on the Nutt family who were lighting up their house in a bid to raise £1,500 for charity.
Sam Nutt and his family decorated their Sutton Coldfield home for the festive season to raise money for Leukaemia CARE after his father, David Nutt, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML).
The family not only reached their goal but surpassed it. Adorning their house with Christmas lights raised more than £2,000 for the blood cancer charity.
In 2015, Sam and his family raised over £1000 for charity and had aimed to beat that figure this year by an addition £500 but actually doubled it.
The final impressive total of £2076.54 has been raised through online donations, collections and donations posted through their letterbox.
The lights were on show to the public throughout December, being kicked off with a light switch on event at the beginning of December, which included a firework display, festive food and drink and music.
Claire Boston, Community Fundraising Officer, said:
“We are so grateful for fundraisers like Sam and his family who work so hard each year to raise money for charities like ourselves.
“It can be difficult to think of original ways to raise money which is why we were so happy to support such a unique way of fundraising that not only raised money for people affected by blood cancer, but also brought a smile to so many people’s faces.”
The family have been decorating the house with Christmas lights for 20 years and have been choosing a charity each year that’s personal to them, for the last three years. This year, Leukaemia CARE was chosen due to David’s diagnosis with blood cancer.
Sam Nutt said:
“We are so pleased with our total and so overwhelmed by the huge amount of support we have had from the local community.
“We chose Leukaemia CARE because we wanted to give back to a charity that supports people like my dad, who received amazing support from everyone at the hospital.
“This year has been our biggest yet and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!”