Santa's Garden to raise thousands for Scarborough's Saint Catherine's Hospice after sell-out success

Nigel Watkinson hopes to raise over £3,000 for Saint Catherine's HospiceNigel Watkinson hopes to raise over £3,000 for Saint Catherine's Hospice
Nigel Watkinson hopes to raise over £3,000 for Saint Catherine's Hospice
A Scarborough man who has created a spectacular festive scene in his back garden is set to raise thousands of pounds for St Catherine’s Hospice

Nigel Watkinson, from Newby, has transformed his garden into a magical winter wonderland, complete with miniature railway, in a bid to raise funds for Scarborough’s Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Mr Watkinson chose to support the charity to thank them for the care they gave his father, who passed away earlier this year from cancer.

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He will open his garden again next year to raise money for Marie Curie who he says were also exceptional during his father’s final days.

Santa’s Garden was first opened by a friend of Mr Watkinson who passed away unexpectedly.

Mr Watkinson, who had always helped to set up the garden, decided to take on the endeavour and open his own garden to the public on an appointment only basis.

He said: “We started getting ready in August, there are 280 sets of lights and over 1000 metres of rope holding it all in place.

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"The lights are all LEDs which will cost about £100 to run for the month, but we are talking to our electricity supplier to see if they will support us with the cost.

"The apointments are all fully booked and this year we’ve been able to increase the slots from 200 to 500.

"Last year we made £2,100 so with more than double the appointments this year, we’re hoping to crack £3,000.”

Santas Garden will open every day until Christmas Eve, but you’re unlikely to find pictures of the event online, “We don’t want to spoil the surprise!,” said Mr Watkinson.