Posted 22/12/2020

Basildon's Best Decorated Home this Christmas

Swan Housing Association is proud to sponsor the Mayor of Basildon’s Best Decorated Home competition this Christmas. 

Basildon residents were invited to share photographs and videos of their festive homes on Basildon Council’s Facebook page, by midnight on Tuesday 15 December, in time for the Mayor, David Burton-Sampson and Swan Housing Association to choose two winners before the holidays.

Nearly 80 entries from residents throughout the borough took part. The Mayor chose Kim Ruff, whose husband Leighton has created a magical moving light display to raise funds for Essex Air Ambulance, as first place winner. Kim received a £150 shopping voucher in time to help with any last-minute Christmas shopping. The second place winner, chosen by Swan Housing Association, is Louisa Whitt whose festive garland adorns her door, creating a stunning Christmas entrance. Louisa will receive a Marks and Spencer hamper to enjoy over the holidays.

The Mayor said:

“With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis hitting Basildon, we are all celebrating Christmas differently this year. During 2020 we have shown colossal community spirit – and this competition hopes to boost that festive spirit.  As we look back on 2020, if you search hard enough I am sure all of us can find a moment of good, a moment of positivity that will impact us moving forward. I wish all residents of our great borough a very merry Christmas and all the very best as we move into a new decade and the year 2021.”

Sam Wait, Director of Business Development & External Affairs for Swan Housing Association, said:

“Basildon is where Swan started out in 1994 we were delighted to sponsor the Mayor’s competition and to help spread some much needed Christmas cheer during what has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone. Seeing how Basildon’s residents have made  their homes beautiful with seasonal lights and décor has brought hope and light to the end of 2020 It was incredibly difficult to choose from so many brilliantly festive entries and we’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and wish you and all the residents of Basildon a Happy and Healthy 2021.

The competition was also sponsored by Morgan Sindall property services.