Caister couple turn on their Christmas charity lights

Billy and his family along with Barry and Jane. Picture: Mike Peake

Billy and his family along with Barry and Jane. Picture: Mike Peake - Credit: Archant

It may have been a wet and windy night but that didn't stop Caister's very own 'Mr and Mrs Christmas' from putting on another festive show as they unveiled their festive lights display.

Barry and Jane's home on Kipling Close, Caister. Picture: Mike Peake

Barry and Jane's home on Kipling Close, Caister. Picture: Mike Peake - Credit: Archant

Jane and Barry Cockrill, of Kipling Close, invited everybody round to their home on Sunday evening as they switched on their annual display, much to the delight of the children.

Barry, who was dressed in a festive jumper with lights, said: 'We have the added gazebo onto the drive and we have even more lights along with plenty of other little bits.

'We have nine new trees and a new structure on the roof this year which is a original piece from the 1960s, along with the Coca-Cola santa on one of the windows - you don't usually see bits like this anymore.'

Their home and front garden has been turned into a winter wonderland and includes 600m of silver tinsel, polar bears, snowmen, reindeer, penguins and illuminations.

The couple have been decorating their house for many years but for the last four years have been using it as a way of raising money for charities, collecting £2,000 over the previous two years for Great Yarmouth youngster Willow Freeman, who has a rare intestinal condition.

This year funds will be going to Billy's Steps, to help three-year-old Billy Childs of Caister who has cerebral palsy.

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Billy's mother, Irene, said: 'It is one of those things where I think I have said thank you so many times that saying it isn't the right word anymore and I can't find the word to explain just how grateful we are.

'The biggest thing is the money raised by the Cockrills is going to change Billy's life and give him a chance to live independently.

'Billy's physiotherapy will probably be on-going for the rest of his life so he will always spend more on things like that so the fact he is going to have his own pot of money just for surgery and physiotherapy is just amazing.'

Following the lights switch-on, Billy and the rest of the children were treated to a visit from the red-suited man himself, who arrived in style into the cul-de-sac on a donkey. Each child was given the chance to speak with Santa and received a selection box of chocolates.

Barry has also been washing cars in the neighbourhood ahead of the switch-on to give the fundraising a kickstart of £320.

To make a donation to Billy's Steps, or just to find out more, visit the JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/billychilds.