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Kings Langley Santa calls off 24-day fundraising lights extravaganza due to cost
Kings Langley’s very own Santa Claus may give his 24-day Christmas light extravaganza a miss this year due to the escalating cost.
For more than 10 years, Tony Spicer, of Primrose Hill, has decorated his house with thousands of lights and dressed up as Santa Claus in a bid to raise money for Watford General Hospital’s ABC Birthing Clinic.
However due to a lack of sponsorship and rising energy bills, Tony, has become disheartened that he won’t be able to raise the money to switch his lights on this year to spread seasonal cheer across the village.
Tony, 58, said: "Last year I lost my dad just before Christmas, so we didn’t switch on the lights in respect. Everyone was asking where they were and this year, unfortunately, I just don’t think I have the money to switch them on because my sponsor has dropped out at the last minute.
"It is a real shame, because the lights brought thousands of people to our house.
"It costs around £400 to run them and around £1,000 to decorate the house."
In a bid to get the lights up and running, Tony’s daughter, Kelly, has pledged to raise the money herself by holding fundraising events.
She is, she said, “determined to bring back Santa”.
Kelly, 24, said: "We have run out of money. Rising energy bills and the recession have hit my dad fairly hard. We don’t have a sponsor this year, so if we don’t raise the money ourselves, the lights won’t be put up.
"The more money we raise the better because the charity is really close to my heart.
"I really missed the lights last year and we want to save our Santa. I am determined to get these lights back on."
Kelly has organised a male waxing event to raise some of the money and her boyfriend James Watt and cousin, Martin Hall were the first to volunteer.
Those who take part are encouraged to raise money through sponsors and it will cost 50p to pull off a wax strip.
Tony said: "I was ready to call it a day but Kelly has put back a spark back in me. She is really confident in trying to raise the money and is putting a lot of effort in.
"If these men are willing to have themselves waxed, I will now work hard to do my bit. I will begin to test the lights, in the hope we raise enough money.
"It has put a smile on my face that so many people want to do their bit to put these lights up."
The waxing event will be held on Saturday, November 17 at the Victoria Pub, in Victoria Street, St Albans from 8pm. To get involved, or for more information, contact 07719 300 085.
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