Buxton Christmas lights crowd-funder hits £1,000 - and there’s still time to donate

Dave Carlisle, of FoBS, presents a cheque to Steve Bradshaw and Buxton Sparkles' Andrea Lewis.
Dave Carlisle, of FoBS, presents a cheque to Steve Bradshaw and Buxton Sparkles' Andrea Lewis.

Over £1,000 has so far been raised by a crowd-funding appeal to light up Buxton at Christmas.

The campaign is being organised by Buxton Town Team, Buxton Sparkles and Buxton WI, who want to replace the dull white lights on the town’s six Christmas trees with coloured bulbs.

“The new lights will be coloured and will show up much better during the day, when people are out shopping, and look much more positive at night,” said Steve Bradshaw from the town team.

“We intend to reuse the white lights and string them up either side of the avenue on The Slopes and other locations around town. The sparkling LED lights bought by Buxton WI last year will be relocated to other areas of the town.”

The online total currently stands at over £1,200 - but with a deadline of October 16 there is still plenty of time to help out by visiting www.crowdfunder.co.uk/let-s-make-buxton-sparkle-for-christmas-.

Collecting boxes have also been placed around town so that everyone can contribute towards making Buxton the go-to place for Christmas.

The three groups are also approaching key stakeholders to ask them to consider sponsoring new, coloured lights on the four roundabout trees.

Any businesses interested in getting involved should email christmas@buxtontownteam.org.

The campaign has also been boosted by a donation from The Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS), who recently won a national Community Rail Award - plus a £250 prize - for their inspired project to save Buxton’s last red public phone box and install a life-saving defibrillator.

David Carlisle, Chairman of FoBS, said: “We totally forgot about the money when we won the award and thought how useful half of it could be to the Sparkles Campaign, which we urge others to support. We are delighted to offer this early Christmas gift to our lovely town.”