A WIGAN street has turned itself into a mini-Golden Mile to support children with disabilities and terminal illnesses.
Residents of Chatsworth Garden, Spring View, have brought Christmas home by decking their frontages with spectacular lights.
Passers-by and visitors are invited to give donations for Derian House, which offers care and respite for children with life limiting illnesses. And treasured resident Lexi-Mae Brown, who has Edward’s Syndrome, was present at the grand switch-on.
Her mum Lyndsey said: “Even before Lexi-Mae was born we had done this as it is great fun and raises money for charity.
“One Christmas one house put lights up and then others followed and then we decided to do a big switch-on.
“One house is completely covered with lights, but we have not done as much this year. There are about six houses that are taking part. Since Lexi was born more have been added.
If people wish to make a donation they can post it through any house with lights on and we will make sure it gets up to our chosen charityLyndsey-Mae
“Lexi loves looking at the lights, especially as she is deaf.
“We have chosen different charities over the years. The last two years since Lexi-Mae was born we have collected money for Derian House, the children’s hospice that help care for her.
“If people wish to make a donation they can post it through any house with lights on and we will make sure it gets up to our chosen charity.
“Our street is a very strong community and we have done many group events, such as holding a Jubilee street party.”
One-year-old Lexi-Mae was diagnosed with Edward’s Syndrome at just five days old, with a prognosis that she may not live past two weeks.
The serious genetic condition disrupts a baby’s normal development and of those that survive they will live with severe physical and mental disabilities.