How Leeds man's blind wife inspired him to go Christmas mad at his office desk

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For some people, getting in the Christmas spirit can be tough.

The expense, the prolonged build-up and the repetitive songs are all valid reasons for falling out of love with the festive period.

Jack puts his love for all things festive down to the facthis blindwife Charlotteloves all the sparkles.

Jack puts his love for all things festive down to the facthis blindwife Charlotteloves all the sparkles.

But one Leeds engineer has a very special reason for why he loves the season so much, and why he goes the extra mile when it comes to decorating his work space.

For the third year running, engineer Jack Makepeace has created a merry masterpiece of his work space so he can celebrate Christmas while on the job.

And the 24-year-old newly-wed puts his love for all things festive down to the fact his blind wife Charlotte loves all the sparkles.

Jack said: "Charlotte has a genetic disorder called retinitis pigmentosa which meant she lost her sight at 14-years-old.

Jack sits inside his castle to do his work and sets his computer on log fire screensaver mode if he starts feeling the cold.

Jack sits inside his castle to do his work and sets his computer on log fire screensaver mode if he starts feeling the cold.

"She only has a little light perception left so she can see all the sparkles, on the tinsel and from the lights, so it is a very special time for us."

The couple, who have been together five years, live together in Morley, with their guide dog, Moss.

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And for 2018's effort, Jack drew inspiration from his recent honeymoon to Sweden when he and new wife, student Charlotte, 23, visited the Ice Hotel.

He created a cardboard castle covered in snow with a working drawbridge and a tunnel for escaping smoke - if somebody vapes through it.

What started as a competition amongst colleagues at building services firm Ibsecad in Leedshas now become a tradition

What started as a competition amongst colleagues at building services firm Ibsecad in Leedshas now become a tradition

It comes complete with fairy lights, tinsel, penguins and sugar canes.

Jack sits inside his castle to do his work and sets his computer on log fire screensaver mode if he starts feeling the cold.

It is especially brave - as Jack's desk is located next to the boss.

Jack said: "It took me about five hours to make. I have a degree in engineering so, luckily, the drawbridge didn't pose too many problems to construct.

"I then went into the office on Sunday to staple the whole thing together. I promise it was all done in my own time."

What started as a competition amongst colleagues at building services firm Ibsecad in Leeds has now become a tradition - with Jack's workmates waiting in anticipation for his Christmassy creation.

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Jack said: "I had only worked here a couple of months when the company first set a competition in 2016.

"Others had put Christmas trees on their desk and I decided I wanted to go 'out there' and build a festive house around me.

"I wasn't quite sure whether it was the right thing to do, with me only working here a short while, but I thought 'sod it, it can only make people smile'.

"It went down such a storm that my colleagues said I had to make a bigger house next year - which I did - this year I thought I better build a castle."

Officer manager of Ibsecad, David Coy, said Jack "knocked it out of the park" in the first 'decorate your desk' contest.

David, who has worked at the firm for six years, said: "I set up the competition in 2016 to create a bit of festive cheer in the office.

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"The rest of us used a bit on tinsel and a tree, then Jack created a masterpiece that was absolutely incredible - he deserved the prize of a bottle of Jack Daniels.

"Last year it got bigger and this year I came in on Monday to an ice castle. Already we're excited to see what he'll do in 2019.

"We were slightly worried about what he could be getting up to in his boxed-in castle but he does sit next to the regional director, Antony Henson, and he has put a window in there so we can have a peek in."

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