Jingle all the way!

Graham and Lesley Johnston with son Nathan (9)
Graham and Lesley Johnston with son Nathan (9)

CHRISTMAS is being made bigger and brighter in Ceres thanks to a couple who have festooned their home in festive lights to raise money for a good cause.

Lesley and Graham Johnston have covered their house and garden in Buchanan Park with a variety of illuminations.

They are inviting donations for Glenmar respite care unit in Markinch, where the couple’s nine-year-old son Nathan has spent two days every six weeks for the past four years.

Lesley said that as well as providing a break for her and Graham, the centre is an excellent source of socialisation for Nathan who has severe epilepsy and learning difficulties and requires 24-hour care.

She explained that Nathan, who will be 10 next month, is wheelchair bound and requires a lot of medication as well as a specially-designed bed, so he can’t just go and stay at his grandparents like other children would.

“Glenmar has been a god-send for Nathan,” she said.

“He enjoys going there and all his needs are taken care of.

“He attends Kilmaron School in Cupar and usually when he is at Glenmar one or two of his friends from school are also there, so he loves it.

“It’s just a small place and the staff are great, so it’s a real home from home for him and knowing he is happy there and being well-looked after is a huge relief to us.”

Glenmar, which is run jointly by NHS Fife and Fife Council, provides respite care for children aged between three and 18.

Lesley said in the past she has raised money for Kilmaron School, but decided to help Glenmar this year instead.

She said the money could help fund more days out for the children staying there.

“When Nathan is at Glenmar he enjoys a range of activities including days out and shopping as well as baking, watching DVDs and relaxing in the specially designed ‘snoozelin’ room,” said Lesley.

“Raising money for the centre is our way of saying thanks for all they have done.

“Last year we had some lights on the house and someone suggested we ask for donations, so that’s why we decided to do this this year.

“We’ve already had people from Glerothes come to see and this weekend we’re expecting a family from Falkland to stop by.”

Lesley said that Nathan – who also attends Ceres Primary School one afternoon a week – has been delighted that local people, including the local Cub pack, have come by to see the lighting display.

“We have a collection tub at the front door and have already collected over £100,” she said.

“We have certainly been delighted by the response and anyone who wants to come and see them is welcome to visit.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation can also contact Lesley, tel. 01334 828325.