Dazzling Christmas lights display to help hospice

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe of North Featherston near Pontefract have lit up their garden and house with thousnads of Christmas lights for charity. The Prince of Wales Hospice will benefit from Jon's handywork that was switched on last night (FRIDAY) by his grandson, Aidan, aged 3. picture mike cowling dec 13 2013

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe of North Featherston near Pontefract have lit up their garden and house with thousnads of Christmas lights for charity. The Prince of Wales Hospice will benefit from Jon's handywork that was switched on last night (FRIDAY) by his grandson, Aidan, aged 3. picture mike cowling dec 13 2013

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A cancer diagnosis hasn’t stopped a Featherstone couple staging a dazzling Christmas lights display to raise cash for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe’s house and garden has been lit up at Christmas for the past 20 years.

Trees, the driveway and pond all twinkle into life alongside moving illuminated reindeer, penguins, other festive characters, a laser display and sound and lights displays.

It draws hundreds of visitors from across Yorkshire each festive season.

In the past five years, the couple have raised around £13,000 for the hospice..

Semi-retired electrical engineer Mr Sharpe, 73, who was told in late October he was suffering from lung cancer, has been working six-hour days for around four weeks to set up this year’s display.

Mr Sharpe is finishing work on the lights while coping with regular hospital visits.

His wife Jennifer, 65, said this year’s lights will be their last and the “biggest and best” display to raise more cash for the hospice.

Mrs Sharpe said: “I admire Jon for getting on with it, He is determined it wll be a wonderful spectacle for people.”

Mrs Sharpe said at this stage the couple don’t know how severe the cancer is.

She added: “It is very hard. I think once we know more and we know exactly what we are facing then it will be better, but at the moment we are just waiting.

“We always said we would raise money for the hospice because cancer can affect anyone, as we’ve found out.”

The 30,000 bulbs will be switched on by Jon and Jennifer’s four-year-old grandson Aidan at 5pm on Friday December 19 at 7 Dales, Featherstone Lane, North Featherstone, WF7 6AH. They will be on every night from 5pm to 10pm until January 1. A donation box will be left in the garden.