Corby garden transformed into a winter wonderland for charity

Joy Tomkins and her family have created a winter wonderland to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Joy Tomkins and her family have created a winter wonderland to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

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A Corby family has opened its garden to the public once again to give others a slice of festive fun at their home-made winter wonderland.

Youngsters can have their picture taken with Father Christmas and get in the seasonal spirit with a snow machine at the home of Joy Tomkins and her family in Blenheim Walk, on the town’s Kingswood estate.

They are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support nurses, with dozens of prizes which have been donated to a tombola and raffle.

The funds raised, as well as those brought in by a similar extravaganza held every Halloween, is in memory of loved ones who have died of cancer.

This year, alongside the Santa’s Grotto, snowmen and home-cooked treats, a special memorial has been set up with people sending pictures of their loved ones which then adorn the Christmas tree in the garden.

The displays opened last weekend, and will again welcome visitors during the two weekends before Christmas.

Joy said: “We had a fantastic response when we opened at the weekend. It’s mainly a family thing. It’s my sons and husband who build everything.

“We built a shack this year, as last year, with the strong winds, we lost a gazebo.

“It’s lovely – we just do it for the fun of it.

As long as I am fit and healthy I will carry on doing it.”

The winter wonderland is open from 2pm until 6pm on December 13, 14, 20 and 21, as well on Christmas Eve.

People going along should aim for Harlech to avoid missing the Blenheim Walk home.