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Greenlaw family’s big switch-on continues thanks to local firm

One of Driffield’s longest-running and most successful Christmas lights displays is raising money this year for nurses who work for a local cancer charity.

And, amidst rising energy bills, a business based just outside the Capital of the Wolds has stepped in to help Barry and Lesley Greenlaw with the extra cost of lighting up their home over the festive period.

Barry and Lesley illuminate their home on Skerne Road with Christmas lights every December, attracting people from Driffield, the Wolds and further afield.

Those who go along donate money, which has helped raise thousands of pounds for a variety of charities for more than 30 years.

This year, every penny raised will go to the chosen charity – Macmillan Cancer Support nurses, who care for patients and their families in the local area.

The lights will be shining brighter than ever this year after GWE Biogas, a company from Kirkburn which converts organic waste that is destined for landfill into renewable electricity and biomethane, agreed to help with the energy costs.

Barry and Lesley would normally pay the extra £80 from their own pockets, however, this year, it was estimated to be around £250.

Mathew Girking, joint managing director of GWE Biogas, was approached by Barry and he immediately agreed to help keep the lights show on the road.

“This is such a generous offer from GWE Biogas,” said Barry. “Mathew had no hesitation in offering us their support.

“This means we can continue our tradition and the full amount raised will go to this year’s charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Mathew added: “We are so pleased to be able to support Barry and Lesley with this great charity.

“As a local resident myself, I see how much work goes into setting the lights up and taking them down.”

The lights will be switched-on on a date yet to be confirmed in early December and will be aglow from 4pm to 9pm.

The final night will be New Year’s Eve (Saturday 31st December).

Donations can be made at the house or at various boxes around Driffield and the Wolds.

Details of where the boxes will be located will be announced shortly.

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