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28 Nov 2023 Community

Derek Highe launches his fantastic festive lights display this weekend

The Kirkwood has had a longstanding and fantastic relationship with supporter Derek Highe for many years, he is an individual who has raised more than £60,000 for us over the last two decades and his latest lights display launches on Sunday 3rd December 2023. 

Derek every year creates an amazing Christmas lights display which attracts people from all over the local area of Mirfield and beyond. His Robin Royd Avenue display is very special and brings a smile to the faces of those that go and visit.

Derek has always believed in The Kirkwood and the care we provide. His beautiful light display takes weeks to set up and all that hard work attracts hundreds of wide-eyed children and Kirklees families every year as part of their festive celebrations. All Derek asks for in return is a donation to The Kirkwood.

The Robin Royd Avenue display in Mirfield peaks a lot of interest annually and has won Derek multiple awards over the years, including the 2016 Pulse Radio ‘Contribution to Charity’ award and the MyMirfield ‘Best Community Event or Attraction’ award.

Derek started raising funds for The Kirkwood in 2002 and this will be the 21st year he has put up his Christmas lights. Santa Clause will once again visit the lights between 5pm-6pm on Christmas Eve before he sets off around the world delivering his presents.

On raising funds for The Kirkwood: "The reason I picked The Kirkwood to raise money for is because unfortunately as you get older you hear about people needing help from them. Everyone I ever speak to that has been touched by The Kirkwood says how amazing all the staff are that work within The Kirkwood family.

"It is such an important cause to so many people across Kirklees. It's such a vital resource, there are thousands of people who fundraise for The Kirkwood and they all do a terrific job. I am just happy I can fundraise for the charity by creating what I do."

On Derek's fantastic work Community Fundraiser Julia Owen commented: "Derek has supported us for many years and he is a fantastic person who creates a wonderful show every year. We are proud of Derek's achievements and can't thank him enough for the fundraising he does. Without the funds he raises we wouldn’t be able to provide the care we do. So, from everyone at The Kirkwood, thank you Derek."

Click on the link here to visit Derek's JustGiving page. 

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