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See a holographic Santa in Macaulay Road, Ipswich, as part of home’s Christmas light display

PUBLISHED: 13:54 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:41 18 December 2017

Abbie Ambrose has created a Christmas light display at her home to raise money for Autism and ADHD charities. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Abbie Ambrose has created a Christmas light display at her home to raise money for Autism and ADHD charities. Picture: GREGG BROWN

An Ipswich woman is de(Christmas)lighted that videos of her unique festive display have gained thousands of views online.

The Ambrose family Christmas light display raising money for Autism and ADHD charities. Picture: GREGG BROWN The Ambrose family Christmas light display raising money for Autism and ADHD charities. Picture: GREGG BROWN

An Ipswich woman is de(Christmas)lighted that videos of her unique festive display have gained thousands of views online.

Mother-of-five Abbie Ambrose has always gone all out at Christmas but this year, after learning that her son had Autism and that in fact, she too, had a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome she decided to leave a charity box outside for donations.

Her dazzling display is completed with a moving, singing, holographic Santa that makes it look as though the real thing is stood right in her Macaulay Road garden.

Abbie was surprised to see her short video of the display climb upto eleven thousand views on Facebook.

The spectacular Christmas light display at Abbie Ambrose's home in Ipswich . Picture: GREGG BROWN The spectacular Christmas light display at Abbie Ambrose's home in Ipswich . Picture: GREGG BROWN

“I couldn’t believe it.

“It had almost five thousand views in the first week.”

Abbie’s oldest son, ten-year-old Phoenix has been diagnosed with Autism and her younger son, six-year-old Neo is currently under assessment.

During the assessment of Phoenix, Abbie, previously diagnosed with a personality disorder learned that she too in fact had a strain of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome.

“All that time I thought I had one diagnosis but it turned out it was something completely different.

“It was like all the pieces fit together. Everything started making sense the more I read about Aspergers. It was me.

“I think it happens to a lot of women. Autism is still seen as a ‘male’ disorder and so I think a lot of women are probably wrongly diagnosed.”

Anyone who passes and appreciates Abbie’s lights, can leave a donation in the charity box and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to Autism and ADHD – a holistic service for people with the disorders in Suffolk.

CEO of the service, Annie Clements, said: “We are very grateful that Abbie has chosen to raise money for Autism and ADHD by creating an amazing light display at her house for people to come and enjoy with their families.

“Over recent years it has been recognised that women and girls have been missed due to the complexities of how these conditions present themselves, “There is much still to be done for this to be fully accepted by both professionals and the wider public. We urge everyone to go and see the beautiful lights that Abbie has taken such care to put up and put some money in the box”.

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