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Sparkling Christmas display to raise funds for Dementia

DAZZLING fairy lights, reindeers, glistening trees and all things Christmas as a Carrickmore family raise money for a good cause.

Every Christmas, the Loughran family home in Mullaslin comes alive as over 10,000 LED lights illuminate the front garden.

Although they have been putting up the decorations for almost two decades, last year was the first year they decided to raise money for a good cause, and they kindly raised £1,200 for the Cardiac Assessment Unit (CAU) in Omagh. This year, the well-known light display is raising money for the Dementia Unit in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital.

Speaking to the UH, Michael Loughran said, “I worked in the Dementia Unit for over 20 years so I thought it would be nice to give something back. I know the good work the staff do every day, and the care the patients receive so they can use the money to enhance the lives of those in the unit.”

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With a little help from his family, Michael spends two weeks transforming his garden into a Christmas wonderland spreading some festive cheer.

It’s no easy task as the lights and decorations must all be tried and tested before the big switch on but the Carrickmore man believes its worth it as the festive display attracts massive attention from excited local families.

“My wife Rosemary and my children help me out putting up the decorations – especially the higher ones. We have had a good few visitors already and we have received a good response on Facebook. Over the next two weeks, it will get busier with more people coming and going. We have fairy lights, reindeers, Santa, Christmas trees and a Nativity scene. People have said it is lovely and brings Christmas spirit to the community which is great for the area too. The children really enjoy it – you have to be here to see their faces, its magical,” said Michael.

The family have placed a donation box at the bottom of their lane for those who wish to make a donation to the Dementia Unit.

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