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Dagenham family turns on lights in bid to raise funds for hospice

PUBLISHED: 09:36 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 04 December 2018

The lights in all their glory, which Keith uses to gather donations for St Francis Hospice. Picture: Melissa Page

The lights in all their glory, which Keith uses to gather donations for St Francis Hospice. Picture: Melissa Page

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A couple from Dagenham who use Christmas lights to raise money for charity have had their own switch-on festival.

Keith and Sharon Torr ahead of their Christmas light switch-on in aid of St Francis Hospice. Picture: Melissa PageKeith and Sharon Torr ahead of their Christmas light switch-on in aid of St Francis Hospice. Picture: Melissa Page

Keith and Sharon Torr, who live in Stockdale Road, have been lighting up their street for more than two decades to support St Francis Hospice.

Last weekend, they held their official light switch-on, complete with fancy dress, raffle and a cake sale.

The display began as a way to cheer people at the bus stop near their previous house in Dagenham Heathway. Since they moved 17 years ago, it became a way to support a charity that helps the terminally ill.

Keith curates the lights with his son, Jamie, who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of two. Jamie, now 23, has been helping his dad since he was a child.

Keith's neighbour Angel Vuksanbruckaj and Tanya Lakey selling cakes and food - the lights are in memory of Tanya's sister Denise Sampson and mum Margaret Lakey. Picture: Melissa PageKeith's neighbour Angel Vuksanbruckaj and Tanya Lakey selling cakes and food - the lights are in memory of Tanya's sister Denise Sampson and mum Margaret Lakey. Picture: Melissa Page

In the past, the display has included an eclectic mix of characters, from snowmen and reindeer to a giant Homer Simpson. They’ve raised more than £2,000 for the hospice since they began.

Keith, Sharon and their neighbours gathered in front of the house in Stockdale Road. Picture: Melissa PageKeith, Sharon and their neighbours gathered in front of the house in Stockdale Road. Picture: Melissa Page

In the past the display has featured an eclectic mix of characters, from reindeer and snowmen to Homer Simpson. Picture: Melissa PageIn the past the display has featured an eclectic mix of characters, from reindeer and snowmen to Homer Simpson. Picture: Melissa Page

The Christmas light switch-on included a cake sale to raise money for charity. Picture: Melissa PageThe Christmas light switch-on included a cake sale to raise money for charity. Picture: Melissa Page

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