Christmas lights display boost for charity

David and Louise Clarke at their home in Ixworth. Picture: LOUISE CLARKE

David and Louise Clarke at their home in Ixworth. Picture: LOUISE CLARKE - Credit: Archant

The Christmas decorations are coming down at the Clarke’s house.

Pictured in the garden at David and Louise Clarke's home in Ixworth is Max Curtis and Scott Curtis (

Pictured in the garden at David and Louise Clarke's home in Ixworth is Max Curtis and Scott Curtis (kneeling) and standing, left to right, are Kiera Graham, Matthew Clarke, Ryan Clarke, Lucy Bracey, Bethany Curtis, Troy Sharp and Charlotte Sharp. Picture: LOUISE CLARKE - Credit: Archant

But for the time they have been adorning their home in Mill Road West, Ixworth, they have managed to raise a total of £783.50 for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

David and Louise Clarke set up the array of lights and festive displays which included 19 artificials trees, seven blow moulded snowmen, a reindeer sleigh, 14 inflatables and much more and left collection boxes outside their house.

And 45-year-old Louise, who is a teaching assistant at the local primary school, paid thanks to everyone who had donated.

Over the past three years along with her 50-year-old husband, who is a coach driver, they have raised money for other charities including £500 for Cancer Research and £100 for Alzheimer’s Society but decided to dedicate this festive period to a local organisation.

Lauren Johnson and Aaron Clarke in the sleigh at David and Louise Clarke's garden in Ixworth. Pictur

Lauren Johnson and Aaron Clarke in the sleigh at David and Louise Clarke's garden in Ixworth. Picture: LOUISE CLARKE - Credit: Archant


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Louise said: “We had a box outside the house and passers by have put money into it and we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who have helped us raise the money.

The couple, who have eight children whose ages range from 11 to 23, said they were planning to donate the money to the children’s ward.

Some of the Christmas decorations at David and Louise Clarke's home in Ixworth. Picture: LOUISE CLAR

Some of the Christmas decorations at David and Louise Clarke's home in Ixworth. Picture: LOUISE CLARKE - Credit: Archant

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