Terry and Sue Ramplin have been inviting members of the public to enjoy their magical display of lights for some 17 years – and Christmas just gone was no exception.
Thanks to the support of local businesses and the thousands of families who visited the display a total of £4,376 has been raised, beating 2015’s record amount of £4,364.
The money has been split between the chosen charities; Ability Dogs 4 Young People and Homestart IOW. The Vectis Corps of Drums, who have supported the display on its opening night for several years, have also received a share of the grand total.
Representatives from the 3 organisations met at Terry and Sue’s house earlier on to receive their cheques; £2000 for Ability Dogs 4 Young People, £1550 for Homestart IOW and £826 for Vectis Corps of Drums.
The success of 2016’s event means that the Ramplin’s have raised over £12,500 for charity in just 3 years.
With the rising cost of electric and the need to replace lights on a regular basis, Terry is asking businesses and individuals to donate towards the cost of putting on the display and, where possible, donate working but unwanted (or brand new!) Christmas lights.
Each year Terry starts decorating his house in October and has self-funded the majority of the display for the benefit of Islanders and the receiving charities. This year, Terry will need a 16ft Christmas Tree to feature in the garden. Anyone who can help is asked to call Terry on 01983 526089.
Speaking after today’s cheque presentation Terry said:
“For the coming year I am looking for the help of some lovely knitters to knit me some small Christmas Tree decorations and I’m also looking for a 16ft real Christmas Tree for the garden display.
“A big thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to help Island charities”.
Terry and Sue would like to a say a big thank you to…
Geoff Boulter • Southern Vectis • Vectis Corps of Drums • Hamiltons Butchers • Sydenhams • Vectis Remnant Squad (Storm Troopers) • Jewson Moreys • Vecta Warm • Dulex Decorators • Howdens • Newey and Eyre Electrical • Hugh Foss • Carl (Santa) • Wight Gold Coins (Graham Grant) • Biltmore Printers • Stage Gear • Coast and Country Marquees • Shide Trees • Island Echo & Drone Pilot • Unidos Samba Band • HSS Hire Traffic Management • Sister-in-law Helen