Lincolnshire couple go Christmas-crazy with house decorations in aid of air ambulance
A Christmas-crazy couple are brightening up their neighbourhood while raising cash for a charity close to their hearts.
Dave and Ann Gooderham, of Bracebridge Heath, have transformed their bungalow into an array of flashing lights and festive models.
They aim to raise more than £200 towards Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
Mrs Gooderham's mother and step father died seven years ago after they were involved in an accident with a school bus on the A17. It was the air ambulance who lifted the pair away from the scene.
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"We have a really close connection with the air ambulance service and we're delighted to be raising money for them this year," said 57-year-old Mr Gooderham.
"Ann's parents were also very close to me and I even have an RIP tattoo of them.
"We started really going to town with lights in and outside of the house two years ago. But it took us three years before that to save up and collect everything.
"We did it for our own joy at first before raising £60 for Bracebridge Day Centre last year.
"We love putting smiles on people's faces."
More than £700 worth of extravagant decorations cover the couple's front garden and house interior, in Broadway.
The festive goodies include numerous lights, a Wendy House, Santa workshop, train set and various models of Father Christmas and snowmen.
Some of the illuminations have been donated by friends, neighbours and even passing strangers.
Former taxi driver Mr Gooderham, who is now a full-time carer for his wife, added: "Since we turned on the lights on November 5 we have had visitors every single night - which we are very pleased about.
"People sometimes pull up in their cars and aren't aware that there is much more inside so I have to go out and tell them. They always come inside after that.
"Absolutely everyone loves it. The children come in with huge smiles and that's exactly what it is all about. Their eyes light up.
"Ann and I have always believed Christmas is the most special time of the year.
"It is the time of year when everyone should come together, unite and hold hands.
"We have children and grandchildren of our own and we understand what a wonderful time Christmas is for families.
"I'm not looking forward to January's electricity bill but it will all be worth it.
"Having said that, last year we worked out that powering the lights for two hours cost less than running the tumble dryer for the same amount of time."
Resident of nearby Watling Close, Evie Ward, 4, visited the bungalow. She said: "The lights were brilliant.
"There were flashing lights and lots more inside the house.
"I definitely want to go again."
If you wish to donate money towards the air ambulance, contact Mr Gooderham on 01522 801 484.
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