Is this the most festive home in Southwark?

Katherine Johnston (12 December, 2018) Community

Dad's display raises funds for the charity that saved his son's life

27029The incredible display

For the eighteenth year in a row a Walworth dad has decked his home with spectacular Christmas lights to raise money for the charity that saved his son’s life.

Gunaltay, Alex and mum Donna

Regular News readers will be familiar with Gunaltay Mustafa, whose Albany Road home is decorated with more than a thousand Christmas lights throughout December to raise funds and awareness for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Gunaltay’s son, Alex, was first diagnosed with leukaemia at four, and after three years of treatment went into remission, but sadly at the age of eleven his cancer came back.

Alex was given a lifesaving transplant, and today – at 22 years old – he is fully recovered.

Gunaltay said: “Everyone in the area knows about ‘the Christmas Light house’ and this year we have more lights than ever before.

“We bring a bit of Christmas cheer to Southwark every year, with the intention of being able to give something little back to Anthony Nolan and to ensure more people are given the chance that Alex had.”

Anthony Nolan senior fundraiser, Lawrie Mallyon, said: “Gunaltay’s beautiful light display is lovely fundraising initiative and will not only bring joy to the neighbourhood over the festive season, but also help to raise vital awareness of Anthony Nolan’s work.

“In raising funds, and awareness, Gunaltay will help Anthony Nolan give blood cancer patients, like his son Alex, a second chance of life.”

To donate and help other people with blood cancer, please visit their Facebook fundraising page: facebook.com/donate/351627795571546/

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