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Father Christmas, lights switch-on and a proposal as March family launch annual fundraiser



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A March family has once again lit up their home for charity and this year have chosen Great Ormond Street Hospital in memory of a friend's baby.

Jamie Johnston and his partner Carolina held a special switch-on ceremony attended by father Christmas and Pippa Williams an ambassador for the world-famous hospital on Thursday (2).

Two-year-old daughter Ava-Mary was also there to watch as the flat in Badgeney Road was lit up for Christmas.

Jamie Johsnston, his partner Carolina and daughter Ava-Mary with Father Christmas at the switch-on of their Christmas lights. (53547253)
Jamie Johsnston, his partner Carolina and daughter Ava-Mary with Father Christmas at the switch-on of their Christmas lights. (53547253)

This is the third Jamie has decorated the family's home having previously raised money for Cancer Research because Carolina's father is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.

Jamie, who took the opportunity of the switch-on to propose to Carolina - she said yes - explained: "Our friend and neighbour asked us if we would do the lights for Great Ormond Street this year in memory of her baby Natasha who was born prematurely at 21 weeks and was looked after by the hospital after she developed a bowel infection and needed an operation.

"Natasha recovered from the operation and was doing well, but at two months old the infection returned and sadly she died.

"We were of course happy to do in Natasha's memory, and I have since found out that I was treated at Great Ormond Street myself, as I have ADHD and had to go to the hospital in London for tests. I have vague memories of playing with toys there."

The lights are on from 3.30pm to 7pm every day and there is a collection box and a Justgiving page for those wanting to support the cause.

Jamie added: "It was a special night, we had Father Christmas there to help turn the lights on and then I proposed to Carolina - I have proposed to her before but she wasn't happy with the way I did it - but this time she was and said yes - making it the perfect evening."



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