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Charlton Lights: a heartfelt festive display to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK Featured

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charlton-lightsIt’s lights fantastic again in Charlton, Wiltshire, this year as Michaela Swadling-Stickler adorns her home in festive lights to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK.

A huge fan of Christmas since she was a toddler, Michaela Swadling-Stickler has always enjoyed a few festive decorations. But since losing her father to epilepsy in 2009, she has made it her mission to make them bigger and better each year in an effort to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK.

The display, made up of thousands of lights, has practically doubled in size over the last few years. It takes over three weeks for Michaela to get ready; even with the help of three electricians working full time for two days each. But the hard work is paying off – the display attracts visitors from across the county with many more choosing to donate online.

Michaela said: “I lost my mum at a young age to cancer which left me, my dad and my three brothers. My dad and I became extremely close, so losing him in 2009 to epilepsy was the second biggest punch in the guts I’ve ever experienced.

All I ask is that if you see my lights please donate as much or as little as you can to Epilepsy Research UK. If I can help someone else suffering with epilepsy in any way to have a fuller and more enjoyable life, then I will do all I can.”

If you would like to make a donation, there are collection boxes at the house (address: Homefield, Charlton, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DH); or alternatively, you can donate online via Just Giving at: charltonlights.co.uk

About Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy Research UK supports the work of scientists and clinicians throughout the UK, who are investigating all aspects of epilepsy in both adults and children. They are especially looking at what causes epilepsy, who gets it, what goes on in the brain during a seizure, and safer drugs and better surgical techniques to treat it. For more information, please visit: http://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk

For further details on Charlton Lights, please contact Tabitha Penny on 01249 470 433

 

The full message from Michaela:

I have always been a big fan of Christmas from my early years, and even more so now.

I lost my mum at a young age to cancer which left me, my dad and my three brothers. My dad and I became extremely close, so losing him in 2009 to epilepsy was the second biggest punch in the guts I've ever experienced.

We had no notice; one minute he was here, the next he was not.

I have always put up Christmas decorations, but since losing my dad I have made it my mission to make them bigger and better every year. All I ask is that if you see my lights please donate as much or as little as you can to Epilepsy Research UK. If I can help someone else suffering with epilepsy in any way to have a fuller and more enjoyable life, then I will do all I can.

If you would like to make a donation, we have collection boxes at Homefield, Charlton, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DH; or alternatively, you can donate here online.

Help someone else who needs it. Thank you for visiting and being a part of my fundraising.

5/12/2012 Update: I would just like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported this incredibly worthy cause so far. I have been overwhelmed by your generosity and within the first 36 hours of launching the page we have almost hit our original target of £5,000, which is just amazing.

Your compassion and generosity has inspired me to work even harder to try and achieve a new goal of £15,000. It really is such a worthy cause and means so much to me on a personal level, so please continue to support us and donate as much or as little as you can to help me reach my new target in memory of my dad.

Thank you very much

Michaela

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