Corby family creates fright night for cancer charity

Derek McAvoy, Daniel Tomkins, 17, and mum  Joy Tomkins
Derek McAvoy, Daniel Tomkins, 17, and mum Joy Tomkins

Visit the Tomkins family’s garden at your peril and be very afraid – it comes complete with a torture chamber and graveyard.

The family have worked for weeks on the transformation and hope that visitors will have a frightfully good time, and help raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Care.

After a big family Halloween party on Saturday, they will be opening the garden to the public, from Tuesday until Friday, November 2.

In return for some ghostly fun, visitors will be asked to make a donation to the charity.

This is the second year the family has held the event, and last Christmas they also turned their garden into a winter wonderland for Macmillan.

Joy Tomkins said: “All the family gets involved and we really enjoy it. Last Halloween we had about 150 visitors and we’re hoping for even more this time. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.”

Mrs Tomkins, her husband Richard, sons Daniel and Tommy and son-in-law Derek McAvoy have all been working hard to give visitors a fright night to remember.

Daniel, 17, a carpentry student at Tresham College, Corby, designed and made a graveyard, crypt and tombstones, complete with the names of some family members. And there’s plenty more in the garden to leave visitors quaking in their shoes.

The torture chamber has a rack and there is also a guillotine and a witch burning at the stake.

Take a walk down Witches Way and there are ghouls with their chains rattling, a ghost who spews out green gunge, skeletons, skulls, vampires, cauldrons and things that go bump in the night.

Smoke machines and strobe lighting finish the look.

Mrs Tomkins said: “The neighbours think the garden looks great and we enjoy doing it.

“I hope people come along, have fun and support a really good cause.”

Visitors to the Tomkins’ garden can pay £1 to have their photograph taken and the family will print them out.

All the proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Care.

Mrs Tomkins said: “We’re going to be busy. After we dismantle the Halloween garden we start work on the Christmas display and we’ve got some great ideas for that.”