Dagenham family turns on lights in bid to raise funds for hospice
PUBLISHED: 09:36 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 04 December 2018
A couple from Dagenham who use Christmas lights to raise money for charity have had their own switch-on festival.
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.
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.