David's magical display after lights switch on

Charity Trustee David Carter has spent thousands of pounds over the past 10 years to put on a festive lights display at his home in Sandale Close, Gamston.

The money raised from the event is donated to the RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Shelter who have seen a significant drop in donations this year due to Covid-19.

In previous years the display has brought over 200 people across Nottinghamshire to visit David’s home, however this year it has not been possible.

He said: “I normally do a big switch on and get everyone to come and spectate, but unfortunately there was no way I could do it this year due to the current situation.

“To be honest I was in two minds about even doing it at all because of Covid but then people said ‘you’ve got to’ because it brightens the street up – so I did.

“The children especially seem to love it – to see the expression on their faces is absolutely wonderful.”

Last year David was able to raise £1,500 for the charity and has set himself the target to reach £500 this year.

“It really shines some light through all the darkness at the moment.”

Stephen Williams, Local resident

It took him a total of 32 hours to put the lights up and began the process back on 9 October.

Local resident, Stephen Williams who has recently moved into the Close said: “It makes you so happy when you come home from work to see such a fantastic display of lights.

“Our one-and-a-half year old daughter loves coming out here to have a look at the reindeers and it helps to make Christmas a special experience for her.

“The amount of time and commitment David puts into getting the lights up is very impressive and it really shines some light through all the darkness at the moment.”

The RSPCA have received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England and Wales since lockdown began and staff are currently caring for over 4,000 animals in need.

To make a donation of £5 text RSPCALIGHTS 5 to 70085 (Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message).

To donate £10 text RSPCALIGHTS 10 to 70085 (Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message).