A community Christmas lights switch-on has raised hundreds of pounds towards a fund to get vital brain tumour treatment for a Yateley toddler.

More than 3,300 people have helped raise the £100,000 needed for two-year-old Freddie Hunt to have proton beam therapy treatment in the USA, which is currently unavailable in this country.

A new target of £150,000 has been set to help pay for the Hunt family to stay in America while Freddie is being treated.

The #TogetherForFreddie appeal was further boosted when around 150 people gathered at Jenny and Keith Woodward’s home in Home Park Road, Yateley, for an annual evening festive ceremony on Friday (November 25).

“This was our 19th year of lighting our house, the 14th year of raising money for good causes,” said Jenny.

“We invited everyone who lives in our road along with friends and family to help join us start the festive season.

Two-year-old Freddie Hunt needs proton beam therapy for a brain tumour
Two-year-old Freddie Hunt needs proton beam therapy for a brain tumour

“We invited Freddie, who we are collecting for this year, along with his family.

“The whole community is raising funds for Freddie and we wanted to do our bit to help.

“Yateley Fire Station kindly offered to collect the family in their fire engine and brought them along.

“Holly, Freddie’s sister, had the important job of switching the lights on this year in front of around 150 guests and she did a great job.

“People were very generous and we raised an amazing £394 on our first night.”

Around 150 people gathered at Jenny and Keith Woodward’s home for the Christmas lights switch-on
Around 150 people gathered at Jenny and Keith Woodward’s home for the Christmas lights switch-on

Jenny said the display is computerised and performs a music and light show, which can be enjoyed at the weekends nearer to Christmas.

“It’s even been snowing in Home Park Road, which the children and adults love,” she added.

“We get a lot of enjoyment watching and talking to visitors who come to visit.

“We started planning and setting up in October. It’s takes a long time to put together but it’s worth every minute when you see the enjoyment people get from it.”

Keith said the event was a ‘great start to the Christmas season’.

“Please come and support our local cause this year, Together For Freddie,” he added.

“We look forward to seeing you all.”

Among those attending was Simon Mitchell.

He wrote on the Yateley Community Facebook page: “Keith Woodward put on another great show tonight, switching on his Christmas lights. Collecting money this year for Freddie. Great cause, great lights.”