Stonehaven street lights up for charity

This picture is just one of the homes taking part in the fundraising.

This picture is just one of the homes taking part in the fundraising.

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Residents of a Stonehaven street which lights up every Christmas to raise money for good causes have already smashed this year’s target.

For the past few years, residents of Malcolm’s Way have put on an impressive display of Christmas lights, and invited people to come and enjoy them. They ask for a small donation to a local charity in return, and in the past have donated to cancer research and Clic Sargent.

This year, the neighbours have chosen to support the fund for a new kidney dialysis unit for Stonehaven, which would mean that those living in the town and further south would not have to travel to Aberdeen for their regular treatment.

Resident Tom Bruce said that they had hoped to raise around £3000 for the cause.

However, since last week, when the pictures were shared widely online, the number of people visting the street - and donating - has gone through the roof.

Mr Bruce added that the media attention had made a huge difference to their total.

He said: “The cars, especially over the weekend, have increased vastly.

‘‘We typically took in about £50-£70 an evening.

‘‘However, this last weekend saw Saturday take in £235 and Sunday £300.

“We are hoping to raise as much as possible.

‘‘The target was £3000 - but we have so far exceeded it that we have to aim for the next level of £4000,

“We raised approximately £1500 on the switch on light party, with £400 from an oil company and in the first week since the party have raised just over £1000, taking us over the £3000 target.

“We hope people continue to come round with their children for pictures for the remainding weeks of

December.”