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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SHINE BRIGHT TO RAISE £5,000 FOR ISLE OF WIGHT CHARITIES

L-R: Mandy Fuller and Kellie Lawrence (Daisy Chains IW), Sue and Terry Ramplin, Pat Knight (HIOWAA) and Zoe Stroud (WightFibre)

An incredible £5,000 has been raised for charity thanks to the success of the Long Lane Christmas Lights display in Newport.

Each year Terry and Sue Ramplin invite members of the public to enjoy their magical display of lights – a festive tradition which has been taking place for almost 20 years. For the past 2 years, Long Lane has been the Star Display in the Light up the Wight Christmas Lights competition, brought to you by Island Echo and Southern Vectis.

Visitors once again dug deep into their pockets for charity with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Daisy Chains IW chosen as the beneficiaries of the 2018 display.

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Thanks to the support of local businesses and the thousands of families who visited Long Lane in December, a bumper total of £5,000 has been raised – smashing 2016’s record amount of £4,376.

Representatives from the 2 organisations met at Terry and Sue’s house earlier on today (Tuesday) to receive their cheques for £2,500 each.

The success of 2018’s display means that the Ramplin’s have raised a staggering £21,879 for charity since 2014 alone. When the Newport couple started their display at the turn of the millennium they raised £250 in the first year. It has been confirmed today that the display will return this December.

Terry and Sue would like to thank a whole host of local companies for their support, including Southern Vectis for their cash donation and Wight Fibre who donated lights this year.

Thanks also goes to: HSS Hire (Newport), Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Daisy Chains IW, Biltmore Printers, Howdens, Sydenhams, Jewson-Moreys, Vectawarm, Co-Op Funeral Care (Newport), Culver Haven Inn, Bookers (Cowes), Aldi (Lake), Dulux Decorators Centre, Peter Alexander of Shide Trees, Newport Parish Council, Coast and Country Marquees, Stage Gear, The Wight Strollers and of course the knitters, who create festive-themed knitted items each year.

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L-R: Terry Ramplin and Pat Knight
L-R: Mandy Fuller, Terry Ramplin and Kellie Lawrence

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