Spectacular Rothwell light display raises funds for local charities

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Residents in Rothwell are raising money for three Leeds-based charities in their seventh annual Christmas light display.

Dozens of houses on Stone Brig Lane are taking part in a festive street display, with the aim of raising funds for three charities from the area.

Donation points along the street collect money for Tea Cosy Memory Cafe, Candlelighters and Hannah House.

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Shaun Turner The street’s light display attracts large crowds throughout December.

Tea Cosy Memory Cafe is amongst the charities who benefit from the display. Meeting every first Saturday of each month at Rothwell’s Parish Centre, the charity offers support for people with dementia and a place for families and carers to meet others in similar situations.

Peter Smith, organiser of Tea Cosy Memory Cafe said: “I know a lot of people who live on Stone Brig and last year we received £3,000.

“For some of these people, coming here is their holiday, they don’t get to go anywhere else.

“This is their Christmas and they won’t be invited to any other parties, so this is what it’s all about.”

Residents welcome crowds to their street throughout December in hopes to match previous years’ efforts.

Steve Wormley, Stone Brig Lane resident said: “Last year we raised around £7,000, which was spread between three different charities.

“We’re just really happy that everyone comes here and enjoys themselves, especially the children.”

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