Bravery of Featherstone festive lights OAP

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe pictured last December with grandson Aidan
Jon and Jennifer Sharpe pictured last December with grandson Aidan
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A CANCER diagnosis is failing to stop a grandfather working hard to stage a dazzling Christmas lights display which is set to raise thousands of pounds for a West Yorkshire hospice.

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe’s house and garden has been illuminated at Christmas for the last 20 years.

The trees, driveway and pond all twinkle into life alongside moving illuminated reindeer, penguins, other festive characters, a laser display and sound and lights displays.

It draws hundreds of visitors from across Yorkshire each festive season.

In the last five years, the couple have raised around £13,000 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

Semi-retired electrical engineer Mr Sharpe, 73, who was told in late October he was suffering from lung cancer, has been working six-hour days for around four weeks to set up this year’s displays.

Mr Sharpe is finishing work on the lights while coping with regular hospital visits.

His wife Jennifer, 65 said this year’s lights will be their last and the “biggest and best” display to raise more cash for the hospice.

Mrs Sharpe said: “I admire him for getting on with it, He is determined it will be a wonderful spectacle for people.”

Mrs Sharpe said at this stage the couple don’t know how severe the cancer is.

Mr Sharpe is due to undergo a lung biopsy tomorrow.

She added: “It is very hard. I think once we know more and we know exactly what we are facing then it will be better, but at the moment we are just waiting.

“we always said we would raise money for the hospice because cancer can affect anyone, as we’ve found out.”

The 30,000 bulbs will be switched on by Jon and Jennifer’s four-year-old grandson Aidan at 5pm on Friday December 12 at 7 Dales, Featherstone Lane, North Featherstone, WF7 6AH.

They will be switched on every night from 5pm to 10pm until January 1.