HE’S spent more than 20 years lighting up other people’s festive seasons and raised thousands for a West Yorkshire hospice, but now Jon Sharpe has been handed his own Christmas miracle.
The 73-year-old grandfather was convinced he was suffering from cancer as he bravely continued work lighting up his final fairly light wonderland outside his home in Featherstone.
Medics were almost certain Mr Sharpe was suffering from a form of mesothelioma, but results of a biopsy have revealed he is suffering from a hardening of the lung lining.
His wife Jennifer, 65, said: “It is just the most wonderful Christmas present anyone could have given us. Everybody was convinced it was cancer.”
But this year is still the final time Mr Sharpe will be spending weeks lighting up his house and garden.
He is donating the lights to Farmer Copleys farm shop in Featherstone, who plan to continue Mr and Mrs Sharpe’s tradition of raising cash for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.
The lights display outside the couple’s home, which started on Friday, draws hundreds of visitors from across Yorkshire each festive season.
In the last five years, the couple have raised around £13,000 for the hospice.
Mr Sharpe’e daughter-in-law Kathy Sharpe, said: “Jon started putting the lights up several months ago. While being in a great deal of discomfort with his lungs and very short of breath, he was determined to get the lights done one last time. “We’re so proud of him and delighted about the completely unexpected biopsy results.”
The lights will be on every night from 5pm to 10pm until January 1 at 7 Dales, Featherstone Lane, North Featherstone, WF7 6AH.