CHRISTMAS lights supremo Derek Highe handed over his latest cheque for charity – and his now planning another fundraising effort.
Derek, 58, turns his home on Robin Royd Avenue, Mirfield, into a colourful festive feast every year.
In December a total of £2,736.28 was raised for Kirkwood Hospice and a cheque was presented this week.
Donations came from as far afield as Australia, while £421 was raised at the Capri restaurant in Horbury.
It means father-of-two Derek’s efforts have generated more than £30,000 for good causes.
Most of that has gone to Kirkwood Hospice, but other charities supported include Cancer Research.
Not only is Derek planning this year’s Christmas lights but he is in training for another annual fundraising event.
A keen Huddersfield Town fan, Derek participates in the club’s Pedal for Pounds campaign.
In May, supporters will be riding 235 miles from Carlisle to Liverpool and on to Huddersfield in honour of former manager Bill Shankly.
Cash raised is for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Championship side’s youth academy.
This week Derek cycled 46 miles from and back to Mirfield via Bradford, Holmfirth and Dewsbury.
He said of the Christmas lights: “It’s a shame we have to do things like that, but Kirkwood Hospice gets little Government funding.
“The reaction of the public is fantastic and it never ceases to amaze me how people come out in their droves.”