A popular volunteer-run Christmas Lights show in Buckinghamshire has been cancelled this year amid fears over energy bills and the cost of living crisis. The Boxberry Gardens display will not take place this December despite raising thousands for charity last year.
The display, found in the Walnut Tree area of Milton Keynes , wowed crowds during its display last Christmas and welcomed visitors from all over the city. But organisers of the much-loved light show regrettably announced it would not go ahead in 2022.
A total of £8,425.65 was raised for homeless charity Winter Night Shelter MK in 2021. Those behind the display however vowed that it would not be the "end" of Boxberry Gardens' light shows.
How the display looked last year
Sheena Robers, one of those living at Boxberry Gardens, vowed the display would return "in some shape or form". Talking to Buckinghamshire Live, she said: "It's not been an easy decision at all.
"But as a street and as a team it felt like the right one. There's obviously a cost implication and although each individual house has their own budget and cost, we didn't want to rub anyone's face in it and say "oh look at what we've got" in such a hard time.
"We had been discussing it for months - can we downsize it or reduce the amount of time the lights are going on? But that could mean people not being able to get there in time and we were just trying to please everyone.
"We are just trying to look after everyone. Some individual houses may put on displays in their own budget but it's not a big organised thing.
"But this is not the end, there is always going to be hope. It's just this year we do not have the resources to do it."
Sheena implored those who would visit and donate to charity to still do so "if you can". She added: "Many of us are lucky to have a roof over our heads this year.
"It could have gone the other way very easily for many of us. If you have your own individual charities you'd like to donate to please do that if you're able to.
"The responses we've had are both heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. But the support has been overwhelming."