Felixstowe: Lighting up festive season for war heroes

FELIXSTOWE: One house shines out like a beacon on an estate in the town – its sparking seasonal display capturing the excitement of Christmas.

Andrew Good is hoping the colourful array of lights and trees, reindeers, sleighs and greetings will raise �1,000 over the next few weeks for the Help for Heroes charity.

Last year the display raised �600 and during the year father-of-two Mr Good, 51, has raised a further �3,000 from collections and selling the charity’s merchandise to help its vital work with soldiers wounded serving their country.

“I was really pleased with the amount we raised last year. This year I have replaced some of the display and I am hoping people will stop by to have a look and put a donation in the box,” he said.

Mr Good was inspired to put up the lights for charity at the family home in Coronation Drive because his son Martin, 22, a former Deben High School student, is serving with the second battalion Royal Anglians in Cyprus as part of the ground support teams.

He recently did a three-week training session in Afghanistan and is expecting to be sent there on a tour of duty.

Mr Good, who works for Suffolk Coastal Services and lives with his wife Anne, and their younger son Daniel, 20, who is serving an apprenticeship as a mechanic, is also holding two collection days for Help for Heroes.

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These will take place at the Morrisons supermarket in Grange Farm Avenue, Felixstowe, on December 18 and January 2.

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