A GROUP of kind-hearted Moreton neighbours will switch on their Christmas lights for the 13th time in aid of Claire House next week.

For the last 12 years residents in Amberley Close have created a winter wonderland to raise cash for the hospice. 

The lights will be switched on again next Wednesday, November 30 at 6.30pm.

Among the special guests will be Father Christmas, complete with full-size sleigh and Rudolf his faithful reindeer.

Visitors will also have a chance to have their photograph taken with him, for a small donation the hospice.

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The lights following last year's switch-on

The lights will be switched on by Merseyside actress and singer Lesley Butler. There will also be entertainment from Wirral singers Val Hollywood and Michael Moon.

The idea of lighting up their homes for charity was started by Karen and Frank Williams and next-door neighbours Peter and Sandra George.

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Louisa Murray, aged four, admires a Christmas tree in Amberley Close last year

They have been switching the lights on for years, but it's only in the last ten years that they have done so for Claire House.

Thanks to the public's generosity, they have raised more than £10,000.

Hundreds of people turned out for a last year's switch-on, raising £1,920.

Karen Williams told the Globe: "It was a brilliant night, with hundreds of people watching the lights go on. It's all for a fantastic cause.

"We always like to add something new to the display.

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Peter and Sandra George with neighbours Karen and Frank Williams and Claire House mascot Claire Bear following last year's switch-on 

Karen continued: "The idea behind the lights switch-on started because each morning I'd come out after the lights had been switched on and there'd be little money bags on the step.

“So I thought 'well someone might as well make money out of this, so why not do it for Claire House.

"We don't ask people to put money in, just to come and enjoy the lights display.

"I'm just quite happy to see the kids' faces."

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Father Christmas following the lights switch-on last year

Younger visitors will also be able to leave a message for Father Christmas and in a speclal post box.

Karen continued: "Put the letter in the box. Remember to include your child's name and address on the letter and they'll get a letter from Santa.

"Just keep going and help us beat last year's fundraising total."