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A father of four has covered his property with 10,000 lights to help raise money for Farnham charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, which cared for his wife before her sad death from cancer last Christmas.

Carl Hatcher, from Farnborough - who has children aged from 18 months to six - worked on installing the lights from October through to completion on November 29.

"I have always had lights up, but this year I wanted more, to have it different, and just put on a good show for people so that they would donate," he said.

"I just want to raise as much money as possible."

Mr Hatcher said he did not know what he would have done without Phyllis Tuckwell's support, after his wife Emily died on December 23 last year.

"The charity are fantastic, including the aftercare when the person is gone, like the counselling.

"Without them, I don't think I would have been able to face this Christmas as well as I have so far."

Mr Hatcher had to test the lights at "silly hours in the night", so that none of his neighbours could see what they looked like until the official switch-on at the end of November.

He said: "We had family and friends come on the night, who all made donations while drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies.

"There will be a permanent charity box too, so that people passing by can donate also."

The HGV driver has added - on top of his usual 2,000 lights - 12 arches, each taking two-and-a-half hours to wrap, totaling 7,200 lights in them alone.

"It's all a really long process. For every 2.5 minutes of show, it takes around seven hours to write the programme on the computer."

As well as the new arches, placed in the middle of the display is a spiral tree, something Mr Hatcher thinks is extremely rare in the UK but "massive" in America.

"The kids love the lights. As soon as we get home they want to chase them," he said.

"This will be something I do every year, but next year there will be 15,000 lights in sync with music. These displays are quite addictive once you start."

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is the only adult hospice caring for terminally ill people and their families across west Surrey and north-east Hampshire.