A WOMAN has dedicated her house Christmas display this year to her mother’s dying wish of raising money for children affected by cancer.

Karen Harding who lives on South Road in Sully lost her mother to the illness in October but said that it was her dying wish for her to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital for children.

The family puts up the decorations outside their house every year and has collected for charities such as Velindre Cancer Care and Marie Curie in previous years.

Last year they collected for Marie Curie who cared for Mrs Harding’s mother at the Holme Towers hospice on Bridgeman Road in Penarth raising more than £300 through in person and online donations.

Last year they had many people turn up at the house, including some from Cardiff, to look at the decorations and make donations.

One father said that it brought “real joy” to his son last Christmas with one child even making a certificate saying they had the best house lights

But after Mrs Harding’s mother, Evelyn Morgan, died last year aged 74, she decided to honour her last wish and raise funds to help children suffering with the condition.

Ms Morgan battled her illness for two and a half years and saw a number of children going through the same thing when she was being treated.

Eve said she wanted to raise as much money as possible after seeing this and told her daughter that “kids shouldn’t suffer.”

One of the main features of the decorations this year is a large star which the family has called Eve’s star in her memory.

Her granddaughter Gabrielle has been helping her mother Karen spread the message about the appeal online just as she did with last year’s efforts.

Mrs Harding’s step son died 10 years ago and he was cared for at Great Ormond Street which was another reason for choosing the cause.

They have already reached the £300 mark through online and offline donations.

“My mother was a strong lady and I will always do this in memory of her now,” said Mrs Harding.

“We have already beaten last year’s total and a lot of people are giving so much.

“Cancer touches all of us and my wish is to keep raising money for the kids who are suffering.”

As her mother said, Karen said: “Kids should never suffer.”

The family says that people can still donate and that no donation is too small.

To donate to their cause, visit gofundme.com/pzyqu-christmas-lights.