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A family from Warden Bay say they are ready to pay £300 in electricity bills as they lit up their home to support a charity.

Natalie Bennett and David Chapman, together with their three children, will raise funds for Curly's Farm.

Mum Natalie, 36, dad David, 40, and children Jamie, 13, Reece, 5, and Paige, 1 Picture: Natalie Bennett
Mum Natalie, 36, dad David, 40, and children Jamie, 13, Reece, 5, and Paige, 1 Picture: Natalie Bennett

The family's home sports more than £1,000 worth of a lifelong collection of lights and a donation box is on their driveway.

It is the third year that Natalie and David will decorate their house for a good cause.

They have already raised funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) over the past two years.

The 36-year old mum said: "We decided to support Curly's this year because of how much they support our community during lockdown, such as their food bank.

"We just wanted to find a way to give back."

The house in Warden Bay covered in Christmas lights to raise money for Curly's Farm, in Sheppey Picture: Natalie Bennett
The house in Warden Bay covered in Christmas lights to raise money for Curly's Farm, in Sheppey Picture: Natalie Bennett

Natalie said David is the one in charge of setting everything up, which usually takes him a couple of days.

The lights and donation box will run up until the new year, as the family wishes to raise as much money as possible.

"Last year we managed to raise £300, but this year we hope to go above and beyond," Natalie said.

"We keep growing our quirky light collection and want to put them all out for everyone to see. People deserve some Christmas joy after these rough months."

Curly’s Farm opened in 2018 in Bay View, on Sheppey. It was set up by dads Kyle and Garry Ratcliffe, who had their home in Brambledown transformed by the BBC’s DIY SOS team in 2016.

Kyle Ratcliffe of Curly's Farm Picture: John Nurden
Kyle Ratcliffe of Curly's Farm Picture: John Nurden

The farm is part of children's charity Curly's Legacy, named after the nickname of their disabled son Curtis. The place was specially designed around the needs of those with disabilities.

Kyle Ratcliffe, head of charity at Curly’s Farm, was feeling grateful and thrilled with the news.

He said: "What a beautiful way for someone to raise money for Curly’s Farm!

"It’s truly festive and who doesn’t like an illuminated terrace this time of year? Especially now when it’s all dark and dreary. We couldn't be happier!"

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