MOTHER-of-six Linda Hardy makes hers a Ho Ho Home to entertain her brood.

Mrs Hardy, of Front Street, Hesledon, near Castle Eden, County Durham, started decorating the house three years ago.

Since then, it has looked more spectacular every year, and this Christmas boasts snowmen, lanterns, reindeer and sleighs. There is even a 5ft 8in Santa with his own little house.

As well as attracting admirers, the decorations are helping to attract money to help Craig Robinson, of Hartlepool, who has a brain tumour.

Mrs Hardy said: "Last year, people came to see the house from all over and were asking if we were collecting for charity. This year, Craig Robinson was in the paper, so we decided to raise money for his family to go to Disneyland Paris. We've already got £342 and we hope to get more."

Mrs Hardy said that putting up the decorations was a real family affair, with her husband, Paul and the children, aged up to 12 years, helping out.