Magical new event invites people to make a wish and raise funds for charity


Haughley Park, near Stowmarket, has announced that its Spectacle of Light event next month will be held in partnership with the My WiSH Charity to raise funds for its Butterfly Appeal.

People visiting the after-dark experience will be invited to make a donation then make a wish, with contributions buying a ribbon to tie on a beautiful Wishing Tree. All money raised will help the charity’s campaign to create a dedicated indoor space, within a beautiful garden, for end-of-life patients at West Suffolk Hospital.

Haughley Park owner Robert Williams, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support the work of My WiSH. It is such a wonderful local charity – we hope that everyone will donate and our beautiful magnolia ‘wishing’ tree will be transformed by hundreds of lovely fluttering ribbons.”

The Spectacle of Light, which takes place from February 7 to 23, is a magical lit trail through the Suffolk country estate, featuring illuminated trees and paths along with a wide array of colourful light installations, supported by a musical score.

My WiSH appeal manager Sally Daniels, said: “We cannot thank Robert and his team enough for supporting our Butterfly Appeal. The Wishing Tree is such a lovely way to raise money for our charity. I can’t wait to see it full of ribbons of gold, purple and white – it is going to look stunning.”

The event runs from February 7 to 9 and 14 to 23, with entry times between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. The estimated walk time is 60-75 minutes and the trail is wheelchair accessible.

Advance tickets, which save 15%, are priced at £15 for adults and for £7.50 children (under 3s free). Family tickets (two adults, two children) cost £39. Full price tickets are also available on the gate.

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Pictured above is Robert Williams of Haughley Park with My Wish charity head of fundraising, Sue Smith (right) and campaign manager, Sally Daniels (left).

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