Walking in a winter wonderland for Sheffield charity

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There’s no danger of this Christmas-crazy couple’s marriage losing any of its sparkle.

This year was the ninth time Malcolm Muldoon and wife Lesley have brightened up the festive period for people in their community.

Using 40,000 lightbulbs and a host of decorations the pair transformed their house into a winter wonderland in a bid to raise cash for Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

A hefty electricity bill is just a small price to pay for collecting thousands of pounds for the centre which helped to save Malcolm’s life after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004, and prostate cancer in 2012.

Malcolm, aged 70, of Tupton, Chesterfield, said: “I was first diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve in 2004 at Weston Park Hospital.

“Following first-class treatment, and despite making a good recovery, last year I was given the devastating news I had prostate cancer.

“Once again, I was treated with the utmost kindness and professionalism by the staff at the hospital. I simply cannot thank them enough.”

Over the years, Malcolm and his wife have raised over £7,500 for Weston Park through various fundraising events, including donations made from their Christmas light display.

It takes around six weeks for the husband and wife, and pal Terry Wildsmith, to assemble the winter wonderland.

This will be the penultimate year they put on the light show which has become so popular with people across the area.

To add to the festivities each year, Malcolm dresses up as Father Christmas on Saturdays during December and gives a gift to every child who visits.

Sarah Cross, a fundraiser at Weston Park, said: “We are extremely grateful to Malcolm, Lesley and Terry for putting so much effort and thought in. The display provides locals with a sparkly spectacle to enjoy over the festive season and marks a special time of year for them.”