A Nottinghamshire Street has smashed their initial fundraising target of £200 over Christmas for charity.

Paddock Close, of Mansfield, had come together to put on a spectacular lights display for locals over the Christmas period.

This was the first year they decided to do it for the children’s charity, Make-A-Wish.

They set the initial target of £200 at the beginning of December, and now to date have raised £2587.

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Paddock Close Lights.

One resident Rob Taylor, whose house is classed as the ‘centre piece’ said how happy he was with the huge amount of money raised.

The full time foster career said: “I am pretty impressed, all of it has gone to a good cause too.

“All the street is so pleased and impressed by everyone’s generosity. We have had an increased footfall this year, a lot of people have been walking up to come and take a look, it’s been good.

“We have discussed it and will be doing it for the same charity again this year, we want to do it again.

 

The lights took some residents on the street several days to put up, with many buying more for the big show this year.

He added: “We are just surprised, we didn’t think we would achieve so much, it’s a good amount.

“It’s also done people some good, I think it has brought the street closer together.”

Another resident of the street Sally Gillborn spoke of her delight in how much they have raised.

The mother of three said: “We just wanted our street to look good. It could happen every year from now on, it isn’t stopping now.”

Make-A-Wish applauded the street for their fantastic efforts.

Director of Fundraising Alice Collins said: “We are extremely grateful to the residents of Paddock Close for staging a Christmas lights event in aid of Make-A-Wish UK.

“We granted almost 1,000 magical wishes in 2016 and it’s fundraisers like them who really help us to reach as many children and young people as we can.

“A wish is a lasting memory not just for the child fighting a life-threatening condition, but for their parents and siblings too; it can provide a positive focus at a difficult time or simply provide precious time together as a family.”

If you want to donate then click here on the streets Just Giving page.