Creative teen lights up home for Christmas in aid of life-saving charity - The Rugby Observer

Creative teen lights up home for Christmas in aid of life-saving charity

Rugby Editorial 23rd Dec, 2021   0

A CREATIVE Rugby teen is spreading Christmas cheer – and raising funds for a live-saving charity in the process.

Jake Guppy, 15, is lighting up his Hillmorton home to collect donations for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

Jake was diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia at just 15 days old, and he also has autism pathological demand avoidance and hypermobility.

But despite often being hospitalised, Jake has combined creativity with his keen interest in the air ambulance to raise the vital funds it needs to stay airborne.

Jake’s proud mum Michelle said: “Jake has been interested in the local air ambulance and the way it all works since an early age. His logic is that everyone should support the life-saving service as one day you might need it.

“Since he was a toddler, Jake has loved lights and electricals, and over the last few years has combined the two as a way of raising money for good causes.

“He built his life-size sleigh independently at 13 years old, and loves nothing more than watching all the young ones having their photos in the sleigh next to Santa.”

Jake already raised £220 last year from his display, and hopes to raise even more this festive season.

WNAA Community Fundraising Executive Laura Sage said: “It is wonderful to have our supporters like Jake raising funds for our charity through creative and fabulous Christmas displays.

“Jake’s support is so important to our charity as we receive no government or national lottery funding for our daily missions. Our crews are available around the clock, 365 days a year, so support like this means that we can continue to deliver our life-saving, frontline critical care to those who need it most.”

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew will continue to work over the festive period – including Christmas Day – and urge the public to get in the Christmas spirit by visiting displays like Jake’s and making a donation.

Visit or call 0300 3045 999 to support the WNAA.


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