19 Feb 2021 Community
Festive Light Trails unite communities across Kirklees
Back in December, locals took part in our first ever Festive Light Trail to help spread some Christmas spirit across Kirklees. At a challenging time of the pandemic, the trails helped to raise over £8,700 and families were able to make lasting memories despite restrictions.
Almost 12 months in, the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on all of us. With birthday parties, weddings and special occasions cancelled, we wanted to help spread some festive spirit throughout our community across Kirklees.
In a bid to offer families a special festive activity to make lasting memories with one another despite the ongoing restrictions, our Festive Light Trail was launched and houses in Mirfield, Fixby & Cowcliffe, Honley and Almondbury, Fenay Bridge & Lepton signed up to decorate their houses.
News of the trails spread quickly throughout the surrounding villages and families took to the streets each evening in the lead up to Christmas to discover the creations along the routes.
Here are just some of the feedback received from those taking part in the trails…
“We went on Tuesday to admire the lights and came away with much more than we could ever imagine.”
“With everything going on in the world right now, it’s great to see the cheer this brings.”
“Well done to all who have helped make Christmas so special this year.”
Among those taking part was Derek Highe and his locally famous annual Christmas lights display at his home in Mirfield.
Derek has now been turning his house into a festive wonderland for The Kirkwood for 18 years and his Robin Royd Avenue home shone brightly at the finale of the Mirfield trail this year.
Year after year, Derek has raised thousands for patient care and 2020 was like no other as his total reaches £60,000.
Derek said: “As my lights have evolved, I always hoped something like this would happen eventually, and now is the time.
“So many people have made an amazing effort so I hope the trail will return each Christmas.”
Campaign organisers and community fundraisers with The Kirkwood, Julia Owen and Joanna Doherty, have been delighted to work closely with the local villages.
Julia said: “After such a challenging year of fundraising and seeing Christmas events up and down the country having to be cancelled, we knew we wanted to create an event that helped families create special memories with each other in a safe way.
“The trail routes could be done socially distanced and people were able to make a donation contact-free, meaning families could relax and have fun all while supporting us.”
Joanna added: “Seeing our community come together in December was amazing, and it’s something we can grow on year after year. We can’t wait to see what next year’s event has in store!”
If you’re interested in taking part in December 2021, it’s not too early to register your interest! Be one of the first to hear about our Festive Light Trail plans by registering your interest here.
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