TRICK or treaters are in for an extra special treat next week as a Hallowe’en-loving family create another charity show stopper.
Witches, skeletons, skulls and around 40 pumpkins will be among the terrifying sights at the Charlton’s family home on Gallow Tree Road, Brecks, to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The family will open up their terrifying garden, which includes pumpkins of up to 300lbs, grown by green-fingered dad Glenn (58) on Tuesday.
He has been helped by daughter Lauren (26) and son Dean (28) to create the truly gruesome display, which this year has a medieval theme.
Glenn said: “We have got three full-sized decaying skeletons and a big display of skills and swords.
“We grow our own pumpkins and have got around 30 to 40 of up to 300 lbs - we’ve been doing it for ten years and it’s actually been our worst yet in terms of the pumpkins because of the weather.”
Glenn said the family had begun the now annual tradition ten years ago and raised money in memory of family friend Alexander Albiston, who died of bone cancer in March 2010.
“The Teenage Cancer Trust supported Alex and his family massively so we wanted to raise some money for them,” he added.
“People come from all over to see the display every year. We’ve had people from Nottingham and the road basically shuts down for the night.”
Glenn said final preparations included two days of pumpkin carving ready for Tuesday.
“Last year we raised just over £1,500 in three hours and we are hoping to beat that this year,” he said.
“We’ve had a group of helpers this year who have done some baking and will be making a pumpkin pie to help raise cash.”
The Charltons will welcome visitors from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday and are inviting donations.
Glenn asked for anyone who could help bake Hallowe’en related treats to help with the fundraising to contact him on 07796 063311.
Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CharltonHalloween to donate.
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