Family’s bright idea for festive fundraiser

Jason Evans and his Christmas lights in Great Elms Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Jason Evans and his Christmas lights in Great Elms Lane, Hemel Hempstead

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An electrician who adorns his house with Christmas lights each year says he does it for ‘the look on children’s faces’.

Jason Evans, 42, from Great Elms Road, Hemel Hempstead, has created a winter wonderland in his front garden for the fourth year running, complete with festive tunes.

The self-employed electrician, who lives with wife Vikki, 43, and their five-year-old son Ben, said: “We have over 15,000 LED lights all programmed to music, plus a four-metre tall LED Christmas tree with 5,100 lights and a five-metre high ribbon tree with 1,800 LEDs.

“It takes most of the year to organise, program and build the props and lights, but is well worth it to see the kids’ faces – they love it.”

But the Evans family aren’t only providing a festive talking point for the community – they are collecting donations for Team Macy for the second year running. The charity was set up by Paul and Helen Cruickshanks, who live in Leverstock Green, in memory of their baby Macy, who died from a congenital heart defect in 2012 at just six weeks old.

Jason estimates that the display can add £200-£300 to his electrical bill during December.