Dad urges people to admire his Christmas lights to raise cash for dying sonBy Julie Spencer
November 28, 2012
A dad who has festooned his house with Christmas lights hopes passers-by who stop to take photographs will make a donation to a fund for his dying son.
Clive Elkington decorates his Priestwood home every year to give pleasure to 18-year-old Alex who suffered brain damage at birth and also has cerebral palsy.
But he hopes this year the hundreds of people who take photographs might make a donation to his appeal to fund a trip to Disneyland Paris for Alex, who needs 24-hour care.
Fundraisers and an online giving page have so far raised £2,500 for Alex’s trip that doctors fear may be his last.
A lifetime in a wheelchair has damaged his organs and Clive and his wife Ana and Alex’s brothers and sisters have been told he may not recover from his next cold or chest infection.
Clive said: “We are touched by the fact that people have put so much in to help Alex and can understand why fundraising has come to a bit of a halt.
“People appreciate the lights and I do it every year for Alex and in memory of Ana’s nan who brought her up and also loved Christmas lights.
“People often knock on the door and ask to take photographs so if they want to give a pound or two that would be wonderful, although I would never stop anybody taking a picture.”
Treloar’s School, near Basingstoke, where Alex boards during the week, created the Just Giving page ‘Get Alex to Disneyland’ for donations.
Clive still needs to find £3,000 in the next three weeks towards the cost of the four-night stay at Disneyland Paris for Alex and the family in February.
Clive, who is semi-disabled, said he would do all he could to make up the shortfall himself.
The Elkington family’s Christmas lights display is at Moordale Avenue, Priestwood.
Go to www.justgiving.com/Get-Alex-to-Disney to donate.