After experiencing recurring chest pains, David Nutt visited his GP and had a blood test taken. When the blood test came back with a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), David and his family were shocked. CML is a type of leukaemia that progresses slowly and is diagnosed mostly in people between the ages of 60 and 65 years old. David was 65 at the time.
That was in the Spring of 2015, and later that year the Nutt’s would decide to turn their annual Christmas lights switch-on at their home in Sutton Coldfield into a charity event for Leukaemia Care. Their Christmas lights had long been a well-known attraction in the local area, as they had decorated their house for the last 20 years.
Sam, David’s son, said: “Every year we choose a charity to fundraise for that’s personal to us.
“After the shock of my dad’s leukaemia diagnosis, the staff and doctors at the hospital have been amazing, and we wanted to give something back to a charity that helps people cope with this disease.”
That first year of fundraising for Leukaemia Care was an amazing success, raising just over £1,000! The Nutt’s then decided to hold their 2016 switch-on for Leukaemia Care too, raising a further £2,000.
This year, the Nutt’s will be having their big switch-on event on Sunday 26th November, with fireworks, festive food and a tombola on offer. The festive lights will then be available to view throughout December in the evenings, with donations welcome online or via post.
If you would like to see the lights, simply drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
And if you would like to support Sam and his family in their fundraising, head to his online giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/samnuttlights