‘I know this news will bring disappointment, sadness and upset to many families and children in our local community’
The organiser of a popular Christmas light display in Cheshire has announced he is ‘stepping aside’ from the annual event. Graham Witter, organiser of the Weston Christmas Light Display, near Crewe, broke the news on social media on Saturday (October 1).
He confirmed he made the decision after ‘reflecting on his fundraising efforts’ following last year’s cancellation. He put it down to a ‘variety of different reasons’, including the stress of the event on his family and the ‘aspirations of his professional career’.
The display has been a famous part of the festive season in the county, having started life in 2013. Since then, he has raised £150,000 for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice and been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to charitable fundraising and to the community.
The Facebook post read: “I thought it was important to share news with you about my festive fundraising journey. After giving deep thought and consideration to my festive fundraising efforts, I have decided to step aside from designing, planning, and organising the annual Weston Christmas Light Display.
“Taking a break from all the hard work last December has enabled me to reflect on my fundraising efforts and has led me to this conclusion. My decision has been led by a variety of different reasons, including the aspirations of my professional career and the pressure and stress this puts on me and my family.
“Whilst I am stepping-aside from my festive fundraiser, I am totally committed to community events and activities, therefore, intend to use my free-time supporting a variety of different initiatives across Cheshire. This year I have already volunteered many hours supporting the Royal Cheshire Show and the Nantwich Food Festival.
“I know this news will bring disappointment, sadness and upset to many families and children in our local community, but I send you all my happiness, love, and cheer this December. I will spend time reflecting on my incredible fundraising journey and think about the amazing memories our light display has given families since 2013, raising £150,000 for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, in memory of my late sister, Jessica.”