Lights light up lives

A gingerbread man theme comes alive in lights at the Forrestfield home.
A gingerbread man theme comes alive in lights at the Forrestfield home.

A FORRESTFIELD mum in need of extra cheer has had her family home professionally decked out after winning a competition aimed at a brighter festive season.

Synergy called for people to nominate a neighbour doing it tough and deserving a surprise.

Wendy Fletcher was one of four chosen from more than 700 entries to have her house decorated in Christmas lights and join the Xmas Lights Trail.

Her household electricity bills will also be paid for six months.

Wendy Fletcher and her children Justin and Mia haven’t stopped smiling since the lights were installed.

Ms Fletcher, who was nominated for being selfless and supporting others while enduring challenges, said she was truly thankful for the gift.

“Our Christmas is now filled with excitement,” she said.

“The installed lights are so wonderful and have illuminated more than just the house.

“We have had a picnic dinner by their glow with neighbours popping by to share the experience, so this is a wonderful gift that can be shared with our community.

“It would seem small thoughtful acts of kindness can have a bigger impact than we might realise, and I would urge people to consider what small ways they might help others both during this holiday season and throughout the year.”

Synergy marketing manager Kelley Yeats said the inaugural initiative was developed to support the purpose of Lifeline WA and to spread the joy of Christmas to those who need it most.

“Each year we see the joy that decorations and light displays bring to kids and adults alike, so this is all about sharing that spirit and making Christmas a bit brighter for someone who needs it,” she said.

The trail lists festive displays and allows visitors to create an itinerary of decorated houses to see.