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Neighbours vow to keep Christmas lights lit in memory of cancer victim

Neighbours vow to keep Christmas lights lit in memory of cancer victim

A close-knit community has vowed to continue its charity Christmas light display in memory of a neighbour who passed away from cancer earlier this year.

Tom Bruce passed away from pseudomyxoma peritonei, a rare cancer of the appendix, in August after a two-year battle with the disease.

The 43-year-old, alongside wife Patricia, raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity through various events including the annual Malcolm’s Way Christmas Light Display.

Moving to Stonehaven in 2009, the couple put up a string of "pretty terrible lights" at Christmas which neighbours joked looked like an aeroplane runway.

But the following year, the residents of Malcolm’s Way joined in to decorate their houses and gardens with inflatable reindeer, Father Christmas statues and strings of lights to bring Christmas cheer to the cul-de-sac, with visitors donating money to nominated charities each year.

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Patricia said: "One of the things Tom wished was never to stop doing the Christmas lights even if he wasn’t around. If we stopped it, we would only remember why and we want to remember the good stuff.

"The neighbours all wanted to do something for Tom. Previously we’ve looked at causes in Stonehaven to donate the money to, but everyone said they wanted to honour Tom this year and chose Friends of ANCHOR.

"I was very emotional that everyone wanted to continue doing it to remember Tom."

  (Patricia Bruce)
via STV via STV

Explaining that during treatment her husband used the Aberdeen cancer charity’s services, Patricia said the charity makes a huge difference and that Tom had wished to raise money for Friends of Anchor once he felt better.

Determined to remember their friend and to raise as much money as possible in Tom’s memory, the residents are aiming to smash last year’s total of £5750 which was donated to Stonehaven’s dialysis machine campaign.

Patricia added: "Some of the neighbours have started to put up their decorations as lot work offshore so they have started to put things like the eaves up.

"We’re supposed to have a proper winter this year and a touch of snow will just make it even better."

The sixth Malcolm’s Way Christmas Light Display will launch on December 5 at 5pm and all are welcome to visit the display. Donation buckets for Friends of ANCHOR will be available and a JustGiving page has also been set up for anyone wishing to donate online.

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