St Albans pensioner pins up Christmas decorations for charity

Frank came up with the idea for the fundraising initiative after his daughter suggested it.

Frank came up with the idea for the fundraising initiative after his daughter suggested it. - Credit: Archant

A pensioner has put up more than 40 Christmas decorations outside his home to raise money for a good cause during the festive period.

Frank Clark, of Vicarage Close, in Watling Street, St Albans, has climbed his ladder to pin up festive-themed decorations to raise money for Dreamflight - a charity that provides seriously ill and disabled children with a holiday of a lifetime.

The 76-year-old said he always displayed a lot of decorations in his front garden over Christmas and his daughter, Nicola Dillon, suggested that he should use it as a way of fundraising for Dreamflight.

He continued: “My daughter said why not help Dreamflight this year and so I spoke to my neighbours and they said that it was a good idea.”

Frank’s neighbours have also assisted him on his fundraising mission by donating decorations to help enhance his display.

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He continued: “I’ve had two or three people go and get me some lights and so I have more this year.

“There are people that live all around the area and they’re putting decorations through the door.”

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Frank has placed a sealed bucket in the front garden so people can leave donations which he will hand over to his daughter so she can do the final count up.

He said: “My daughter will open it up and hand the money over to Dreamflight; if it’s £10 it’s £10 and if I get £100, it’s £100, it would just be nice to get something.”

“Dreamflight does a lot of stuff like the children can swim with dolphins and they have a fantastic time.”

The lights will remain on up until the New Year and donations can be left at 6 Vicarage Close.

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