Jake aims for record-breaking display
A STAPLE Hill teenager who decked his home in lights in memory of his sister is hoping to set new records this year.
Jake Skinner is raising money for national cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support by covering the outside of his house in Crossfield Road with Christmas lights in memory of his sister Stacie, who was 17 when she died from anaphylactic shock on Christmas Day 2015.
Stacie used to decorate her desk at work with Christmas lights and when the lights were returned to the family, Jake had the idea to remember her through the lights each Christmas.
This will be Jake’s third year of raising money with his festive display and this year's display, which was switched on at the end of November, is his biggest yet.
It also looks set to beat his previous fundraising record of £2,500: he has set a target of £3,000 this year and his online donation page had passed £2,800 as the Voice went to print.
Jake decided to raise money for Macmillan because of the support his nan received when she was diagnosed with cancer. So far, he has raised £4,900 since he started his first fundraiser for the charity, which provides emotional, financial and clinical support for people living with cancer.
Jake’s dad Jeff said: "We are all incredibly proud of Jake and all of the effort and dedication he puts into the light display each year.
"Despite not being able to do an official switching on, Jake is determined to raise as much as possible this year, as we all know how important the work of Macmillan is."
Jake won the Enterprise Hero Award in last year's Bristol Young Hero Awards in recognition of his fundraising.
Macmillan fundraising manager Kaeti Morrison said: “Jake is an amazing young man and we can’t thank him and his family enough for raising money for Macmillan during the pandemic, when our income has dropped but our support is needed more than ever before.
“His Christmas displays are a wonderful way to remember his sister Stacie, at a time which much be really difficult for the family.
"We are so grateful to Jake and hope everyone passing enjoys seeing the lights this year.”
To donate to Jake’s festive light display fundraiser visit justgiving.com/fundraising/JakesChristmasLights.
For more information about Macmillan call 0300 1000 200 or visit macmillan.org.uk.