Christmas will shine bright this Christmas in Burgess Hill after a successful appeal to replace stolen tree lights.

Thieves stole all the lights from the 40ft plus high Christmas tree outside of St John the Evangelist Church earlier in November.

St.John’s launched an appeal to replace the stolen lights on Tuesday November 20.

Within five days the people of Burgess Hill and the crowdfunding effort raised £2,700.

Father Kevin O’Brien said:

“Burgess Hill people have been wonderfully supportive and generous.

“This means that the tree will be brighter and more beautiful than ever before.

“Clearly the people of Burgess Hill were determined not to be defeated by the theft and responded accordingly.

“St John’s will now be able to hold our annual Christmas tree lighting service as normal.

“Only this year we will have the extra heart-warming knowledge that each light on the tree represents the hopes and wishes of the people of Burgess Hill.”

A poster will be displayed by the lights giving thanks to all those who donated and supported the appeal.

The Christmas tree service will take place at St John’s Church at 7.00pm on Wednesday December 12.

Christmas tree at St John the Evangelist, Burgess Hill