Featherstone grandfather’s Christmas lights raised more than £5,000 for hospice

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe with four-year-old grandson Aiden
Jon and Jennifer Sharpe with four-year-old grandson Aiden
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A GRANDFATHER who spent weeks creating an impressive Christmas lights display despite suffering a cancer scare has raised more than £5,000 for a hospice.

Visitors who flocked to see the very last display of lights outside Jon and Jennifer Sharpe’s home in Featherstone donated £5,160 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

The lights were switched off for the final time last night.

Mr Sharpe, 73, feared he had lung cancer but a biopsy last month confirmed he is suffering from a hardening of the lung lining.

He has spent more than 20 years lighting up his house and garden at Christmas and raised more than £18,000 for the hospice.

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