A Worcestershire couple will be raising funds throughout Christmas in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, with a festive light switch on at their home on Sunday 2nd December at 6.30pm.

Avril and Christopher Rowlands, from Inkberrrow, have hosted the infamous event for 40 years, since they planted a nine foot fir tree in 1978. Now, four decades on, the tree stands at over 50 foot and is the tallest privately owned Christmas tree in Worcestershire.

Hundreds of locals turn out for the event each year, to watch the huge Christmas tree light up December and enjoy other activities, such as a Victorian fayre for youngsters.

Previous years have seen the couple raise thousands for multiple charities, including Cancer Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Michelle McCracken, Worcestershire fundraising executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We’re honoured that Avril and Christopher Rowlands have chosen the 40th anniversary of their event to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. This is such a popular occasion with locals and marks the start of the festive season, so it’s sure to raise a brilliant amount of money for the charity.

“Each mission costs on average £2,500, and the charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding, so we’re so grateful when people choose to support us – on behalf of the charity I’d like to offer huge thanks to Avril and Christopher.”