Donate to this Walworth Christmas landmark

Katherine Johnston (12 December, 2019)

Every year Gunaltay lights up the Aylesbury for a good cause

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It takes the family three days to put up this display and can cost up to £40 a week in electricity, but it is for a great cause after their four-year-old son needed a transplant.

The father of a boy whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant is once again lighting up the Aylesbury Estate to raise funds for charity.

Every year Gunaltay Mustafa decks his Walworth home with hundreds of Christmas lights and decorations, and asks News readers to donate to the charity that saved his son’s life.

At the age of four Alex was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. After three years of chemotherapy, his family was told a bone marrow transplant was his only hope, without he had just a two per cent chance of survival.

After a match was found on Anthony Nolan’s donor register, Alex made a full recovery and now, at 24, his dad says he ‘lives life to the full’.

Gunaltay, a retired cabbie, said: “The lights started as a way of cheering Alex up and have grown over the years, now we use them to raise awareness of this charity, so please give a little which will mean a lot to this charity and families like ours.

“Please make your donations to Gunaltay “Alex Christmas Lights” at Anthony Nolan Trust.

“We would like to say thank you in advance for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.”

It usually takes the family up to three days to put up the spectacular display, and can cost up to £40 a week in electricity alone.

They hope anyone walking or driving past will be reminded how important it is to support charities at Christmas, and to join the donation register to help all other people still waiting for life-saving bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

To donate via Facebook search for Gunaltay’s Alex Fundraiser for Anthony Nolan, or visit www.anthonynolan.org/donate and include the reference ‘Alex Christmas Lights’ with your donation.

 

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