Chichester dad turns house into 'festive grotto' - 'You'll be able to see these lights from space'
In what has become a Christmas tradition, a dad from Chichester has turned his house into a 'festive grotto' to raise funds for charity.
Wayne Thair lights up his house in Exton Road during the festive season each year and has raised thousands for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
However, this year, his chosen charity is Love Your Hospital, which, in a post on Twitter, wrote: "A fantastic effort by Wayne Thair, who has decorated his house and front garden like a festive grotto to raise funds for St Richard's Hospital.
"We reckon you'll be able to see these lights from space! Great work, Wayne!"
Wayne said personal reasons were behind the decision to raise money for St Richard's.
He said: "I've been in hospital on numerous occasions this year. My son has also been in and out of hospital after breaking his arm.
"My wife works up there as well [so] I decided that this year I would do it for them.
"I was in hospital a few weeks ago and thought I wouldn't do it this year but my wife said I've got to. Everybody has had such a bad year.
"We said I've got to do it for the hospital because of what they've been through and for personal reasons.
"My two boys [aged 15 and 17] have been out helping me."
Wayne said he built a money spinner, which people can donate to as they walk past.
"Someone donated £50 at the weekend," he said. "Another few people gave me some notes so there's quite a bit in there already.
"Normally I have a £300 target but this year more people are coming out to look at the lights as everybody has had a bad year.
"Some people come here every night as part of their routine for the little children."
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