Wraysbury community appeal for Christmas decorations

Wraysbury residents are pulling together to find old Christmas decorations to decorate a local bridge known as the ‘bridge of hope’.

The Railway Bridge, situated on Station Road, has been decorated multiple times since Hilary Whitelock and Renate Hassell began decorating the bridge in the pandemic to raise people’s spirits and support the NHS.

A community plea was posted on a local Facebook group named ‘Wraysbury News’ calling for ‘long forgotten or unwanted tinsel or baubles’ to help decorate the bridge of hope.

The post has since received an outpouring of donation offers and requests from residents to get involved.

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Named the ‘bridge of hope’ by locals, the bridge used to be a dangerous spot to walk through due to two-way traffic.

In 2014 residents, the railway, the Royal Borough and Parish Council made the bridge safer by enforcing one-way traffic and adding a public footpath so residents can walk over the bridge safely.

Resident Henry Perez said that the addition of decorations ‘lifts up people’s spirits and adds a little bit of hope in these gloomy times.’

Owner of Pumpkins Preschool Kellie Fairhall said: “This time we are going all out for Christmas.

“We get a lot of donations of flowers, ribbons and bunting and hope the children will be able to get involved.”

The bridge has previously been decorated for Valentine’s Day, in support of Ukraine and Christmas.

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