Claire Brown – Thursday 12th November 2020 – 9.00am.
A couple from Kidderminster are getting ready to showcase their Christmas lights display next month which they are dedicating to the ambulance service.
Bob and Sue Reeder, from Upton Road in Broadwaters, Kidderminster, have been transforming their house into a festive wonderland for more than 30 years to delight children and locals whilst raising money for various causes.
Setting up the display is no mean feat with hundreds of boxes of decorations to unpack and lighting to check and plug in. Sue, 70, is in charge of organising the decorations, and said: “We make a start with putting the decorations up during the first week of November to ensure the whole display is ready and working by the first Monday of December when we switch the lights on. It’s a big job but it’s something we’ve done for so many years that it’s second nature to us now and we love doing it.”
Over the years Bob and Sue have raised money for the armed forces, children’s wards, various charities and dogs homes but this year, they have decided to donate any money left by people passing by to look at their Christmas lights to their local ambulance hub in Worcester. Bob, 77, said: “Our great-grandson Logan has needed the ambulance service several times this year and we’ve been so thankful for the paramedics’ help each time. We are so grateful to the NHS and whilst other people raise money for hospitals, we wanted to say thank you to the ambulance service as they are often the first people who come to help you in your hour of need. After such a year, we hope that our display brings a smile and some joy to the neighbourhood.”
Liz Parkes, the Trust’s Senior Operations Manager in Worcester, said: “During the pandemic we’ve been overwhelmed with kindness from people across the Region but this is truly humbling and will definitely bring a much needed smile to a lot of people’s faces this Christmas. The effort that Bob and Sue put in to make their house a Christmas winter wonderland is quite remarkable and I would like to thank them on behalf of my staff at Worcester hub for dedicating it to us this year.”
Notes to Editors:
The couple will be officially turning on the Christmas lights in Upton Road, DY10 2UX at 5pm on Monday 7th December.