Lights raise cash for lifesaving cause

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A MAN who raised money by lighting up his home for Christmas has handed over the cash to the charity which saved his daughter’s life.

Tony Baker, of Sea View Crescent, delighted his neighbours by putting up the spectacular lights last month.

He invited people to donate by posting donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance through a letterbox, and on Saturday he handed over more than £90 to the charity’s fundraiser, Jean Dixon.

Tony explained that the charity holds a special place in his family’s heart, after the quick response of the air ambulance saved the life of his daughter Stephanie after a horrific car accident four years ago.

He said: “A van driver fell asleep at the wheel and ran over the top of our car. Stephanie was in the back seat.

“If it hadn’t have been for the airlift, she would have died.”

Stephanie went on to make a full recovery and is now studying management and tourism at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus.

Mr Baker said the light display will be even better next Christmas, when he hopes to raise more money for the air ambulance.

“We’re going to have a 25ft pyramid with a waterfall of lights,” he added. “This was just the start. We want to get everyone involved.”