A couple has raised almost £700 for a charity that supports people with sensory loss with a glittering Christmas lights display.
Gordon and Pamela Miller raised £694 for Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) by lighting up their home in Kersehill Circle, Falkirk. The Millers spent weeks setting up the display, which covered their whole house and included a festive unicorn, a collection of Santa’s elves, snowmen, candy canes and a stall for people to leave donations.
The couple, who have used their festive illuminations to raise money for local charities for the last nine years, handed over a cheque to staff at FVSC last week. It is the second year that the couple have chosen to donate the proceeds to the Centre, raising over £800 last winter.
FVSC will put this year’s donation towards the cost of their IT classes for people with visual and hearing impairments. Staff have invited the Millers to come to the Centre’s Café Tiki for a complimentary lunch to say thank you. The Millers have already agreed to support FVSC with their next decoration display during Christmas 2023, making it the tenth year they have raised money for charity and the third in a row for the Centre.
FVSC offers services to thousands of blind, partially sighted, deaf, and hard-of-hearing people across Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. The Centre runs 30 different groups and classes for its users, including ‘Knit and Natter’, lip reading, cooking, history and art classes, and a monthly book club. Separately, FVSC received a recent donation of £600 from Camelon Lodge, which will go towards the cost of running the Centre’s groups and activities.
Jacquie Winning, chief executive of Forth Valley Sensory Centre, said:
“We are hugely grateful to the Millers for choosing to support the work of our Centre for the second year in a row with their amazing Christmas lights display.
“Every year, the couple bring so much joy to the local community with their decorations, and it is so thoughtful of them to use it to raise money for charities like ours.
“We would also like to thank Camelon Lodge for their generous donation.
“Both of these will help us to continue running our added value classes and activities for those with sight or hearing loss.
“Our IT class is a valuable resource in helping make the lives of people with visual and hearing impairments easier.”