A family has created a festive spectacle at their home in Falkirk as part of a dazzling effort to raise money for a diabetes charity.
Rebecca Miller (6) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July so her family decided to light up the house at 53 Kersehill Crescent and they will be taking donations from anyone who wishes to support Diabetes UK.
Parents, Gordon and Pam, and their four children - Callum (12), a pupil at Graeme High School, and Cameron (10), Lewis (8) and Rebecca who all attend Victoria Primary School, decided to cover the house from top to toe in an array of festive lights.
Gordon said: “I decorate the house every year but I thought I would make it worthwhile this year. Lot’s more people have been talking about it because it’s for charity.
“There are 32 extra plugs for all the lights and everyone always asks me if I’m worried about the electricity bill but I’m not, it’s all for a good cause.”
The charity is close to their hearts as Rebecca was rushed into Forth Valley Royal Hospital earlier this year when she became seriously ill.
Gordon said: “It has been a hard five months learning how to care for Rebecca. We knew nothing about the illness – it was hard to take in, and this now means she will be insulin dependent for rest of her life.”
He said Rebecca has found it difficult to adjust to doing regular blood glucose checks and insulin injections, which can be necessary up to six times every day. The family hope their contribution can help with research and ultimately, find a cure for the illness.
Susie Williamson of Diabetes UK said: “We are really grateful to the Miller family for their fantastic festive fundraising, which will also raise awareness of a condition that is sometimes not fully understood.”
Anyone wishing to donate can do so at www.justgiving.com/pamela-miller4.