HUNDREDS of people went to see a Halloween display in Romsey, walking through spooky hallways and raising money for a cancer support centre.

Robert Garrett and his father Victor have turned their front yard into a Halloween pageant to benefit Jane Scarth House, open to the public from October 29 to October 31.

This is the fourth year the couple have raised money for the charity which has supported them since Robert’s mother died of cancer aged 66 on New Years Day 2019 Linda Garrett was diagnosed over Halloween in 2018 and her family is using the interactive display as a welcome distraction during the October holidays with nearly two weeks dedicated to preparation.

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This year, the father and son “gone green for Halloween” with an eco-friendly exhibit using solar-powered lighting and recycled materials to decorate their home on Viney Avenue. Coopervision worker Robert saw his donation target more than double, with a total of £1124.06 raised.

Robert, 44, said: “My dad and I were overwhelmed by the generosity of all the people who came out and donated to such a worthy cause. The amount raised was way more than we thought we would get into the account. given the difficult times we are going through.

“The kids and adults all had a great time, with some even returning during the three days of the exhibit.”

On Halloween night, Robert was joined by his 12-year-old niece, Savannah, who dressed up as Harley Quinn to appear as a live performer inside the screen.

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Romsey residents have already started planning for next year, including a higher roof for surprises to be pulled out as people pass through.

Jane Scarth House manager Rachel Tucker said: “I am blown away by Rob and Vic. They put so much time, money and effort into the display and I’m so glad they scared the hell out of so many people! I am honored by their generosity in putting this exhibit together at great personal expense and also to everyone who went to view the exhibit and donated to our charity. Thank you all for supporting us.

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“As an independent charity, we rely on donations to enable us to provide free support to anyone affected by cancer, including counselling, complementary therapies and a safe place to talk.”

The support center plans to use the funding to provide art for wellbeing as a means of distraction and connection.

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