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Christmas light display for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 10:28 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:28 15 December 2016

Lee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Lee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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A Lowestoft man has lit up his home with thousands of light bulbs as part of his annual Christmas light display, to raise money for a cancer charity.

Lee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherLee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Lee Dowsing, 35, is raising money for Wymondham based cancer charity, Starthrowers, after his sister, Debbie Elliot, 51, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and received support from the charity.

This is the fifth year Mr Dowsing has put on an elaborate Christmas light display outside his house on Conrad Road, Lowestoft, which this year involves using over 80 plugs.

He said: “My sister has just recently had a double masectomy and this particular charity has been really supportive towards her and that’s why this year we thought it would be really nice to do it for cancer.

“They don’t recieve any government funding, all the work they do is purely through fundraising, it’s what keeps them going so obviously that was quite nice to be able to help with that really.”

Lee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherLee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A few years ago I decided we were going to put up a few lights outside, like most people do, and thought that looks nice, did a few more and it was a bit like deck the halls really, it escalated out of control.”

“Then a friend suggested I do it for charity.”

“It’s just nice for the children who enjoy the light display, it’s nice to do something for charity and it’s great to raise as much as you can but just to see the look on the children’s faces, they really get a lot from it.”

Mr Dowsing hopes to beat last year’s total of £1100 from the light display which this year took him four days to install.

Lee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity.
Leo Dowsing in amongst the lights.
PHOTO: Nick ButcherLee Dowsing and his son Leo have decorated the family home ready for Christmas. The light display is raising funds for a cancer charity. Leo Dowsing in amongst the lights. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

He said one day last year he received £100 in his donation box at the end of the day. He said: “Generally people are really supportive.”

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