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Suffolk houses shine with Christmas lights for charity
Christmas lights, Creeting St Mary
The gardens as well as the actual houses get the Christmas treatment

People on the same street have decorated their homes with Christmas lights for a hospice's appeal.

It is the fifth year that the neighbours in Creeting St Mary near Stowmarket have been raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Denise Hales is in charge of the project on St Mary's Gardens, although she does not actually live there.

"It takes four of us about six days in total, so it's a long job but worth it in the end," she said.

Around 10 houses in the cul-de-sac decorate their homes with lights and models - also known as "house-blinging".

There is a collection tin outside for people to donate money to the Treehouse Appeal to build a new hospice in east Ipswich.

"We've got two trains going into a tunnel, a moving ski-slope which was hand-built, a church and nativity scene," said Ms Hales, who helps decorate her partner's parents' bungalow.

The snow is making it look more festive than usual.

"It adds to the effect. It can be a nightmare if it makes things go wrong, but apart from that it's pretty helpful," said Ms Hales.

"We try and vary it each year, so that people don't get bored. Things need repairing and things get more difficult to buy.

"Last year we got near enough £600, so hopefully we'll top that this year.

"It's weather-dependent if people come out, so we just want as many people as we can to come and see us."

Treehouse appeal

BBC Suffolk is helping East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) raise £3m to build a new hospice in Ipswich.

To give money, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .

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BBC Suffolk is helping East Anglia's Children's Hospices raise the 3million needed to fund a purpose built hospice in Ipswich.
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