Christmas lights in memory of son who will never see them sparkle
It’s a scene that would bring a delighted smile to any child’s face but sadly little Teddy James can’t see the colourful festive lights display created by his parents.
Parents Billie Medhurst and Josh Goral put on this Christmas spectacular in honour of the child they lost before he was born.
The young couple have been struggling to cope since being told their son would not survive outside the womb because he had not developed enough to take a single breath.
But they decided the best tribute they could make would be to cover Josh’s home on Pirton Lane, Churchdown with hundreds of Christmas lights in honour of the son who could not be with them at the happy time of year.
As well as the lights there’s giant inflatable 8ft Father Christmas, a huge 12ft blow-up Snowman and a myriad of lights covering the semi.
The couple played Ice Maiden from Edward Scissorhands through a jukebox and projected snowflakes onto the house on the night of the big switch on.
Fireworks accompanied the switch on by Josh and afterwards Billie, 18, said: “We can’t have our son with us at Christmas but that doesn’t mean we can’t make other children happy.
“It was lovely but it made me and Josh’s sister cry. As well as turning on all the lights, we lit a lantern in memory of Teddy.”
The couple want to raise money for charity 4 Louis which provided a memory box to help them deal with the trauma of losing their son a few weeks ago and friends and neighbours contributed £80.
But Christmas looks set to be difficult for Josh and Billie who had to endure a full 11 hour labour knowing she would not have a live son at the end of it.
Before the event Josh explained why they were doing it.