Shining a Christmas light on disease in honour of their granddaughter

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Jeremy and Lorraine Stevenson at their Mueller Street home, will be raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis with their impressive Chrstmas light display.
Camera IconJeremy and Lorraine Stevenson at their Mueller Street home, will be raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis with their impressive Chrstmas light display. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A pair of Albany grandparents are using a spectacular Christmas lights display to raise money for the fight against a condition which has put their three-year-old granddaughter in hospital.

Gledhow’s Lorraine and Jeremy Stevenson flicked the switch on an estimated 55,000 lights on Friday.

Father Christmas was there to mark the occasion, but their brave granddaughter Amelia Kim missed out because she is in hospital with cystic fibrosis.

That is why her grandparents are seizing the opportunity, while Christmas and community spirit is high, to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis WA.

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Until Christmas Eve, someone will be outside the Stevensons’ home at 137 Mueller Street every night shaking tins for donations.

The couple have made their display a must-see on the list of decorated homes around Albany with an all-out creation that spills over the verge. Mrs Stevenson, who raises funds for 65 Roses throughout the year, said many did not know enough about the condition that affected Amelia.

Amelia Kim is in hospital with cystic fibrosis.
Camera IconAmelia Kim is in hospital with cystic fibrosis.

“Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the secretory glands,” she said.

“The gene defect results in an imbalance of salt and water in the cells, causing mucus to be thick and sticky.

“It mainly affects the lungs and pancreas and requires ongoing and lifelong treatment, including daily chest physiotherapy, frequent clinic and hospital appointments and up to 40 tablets a day.

“Through fundraising and donations, CFWA provide valuable and vital services or research, home and hospital support, nebuliser support and other major family services, including regional support.”

Mrs Stevenson said she and her husband had been collecting lights over the past year for the display, and even went to Manji-mup two weeks ago to get some more.

“We are still setting up but it has taken a good week,” she said.

“Mark Barrett from Barretts Tree Services kindly donated the cherry pickers so we could get up high into the Norfolk pines and put the star on top and decorate with beautiful coloured lights streaming down.”

While they hope to raise much-needed funds, she said it is a win-win because they get to see so many happy faces and spread cheer.

“It gets people out of their homes and looking around,” she said.

“We were testing them the night before last and not all of them were up, there was a family mingling around and they all came running over to have a look.

“Another gentleman was taking his dog for a walk and he said he saw the Christmas tree light up and came over to have a look.

“Everyone is excited about the lights before they were even all turned on.”


The winner of the 2019 Albany Christmas Lights Competition will receive a hamper worth $200 and an official winner’s certificate.

To enter, you must nominate your property before 9pm this Friday by contacting the Advertiser.

You can call us on 9892 8363, send us an email via news@albanyadvertiser.com or find us on Facebook.

Entries will be judged on originality, effort and appearance, with the winner announced in the Advertiser on December 19.

The 2019 Albany Christmas Lights Competition is presented in partnership with the City of Albany.

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