Dad accidentally orders inflatable Grinch that’s taller than his house

A dad treated his family to an impressive Christmas decoration.

Ray Liddell forked out £500 for a huge Grinch figure to put outside his home.

But the 49-year-old didn’t make note of how big the inflatable was actually going to be.

He ended up surprising his two kids – especially seven-year-old Jasmine – a lot more than anticipated.

Ray was shocked to find the Grinch towered 35 feet above his home in Hartlepool, County Durham, after inflating it on Thursday November 26.

Incredible photographs show the enormous character that's so loved by Brits they've travelled up to 40 miles to see it.

Dad-of-two Ray said: "It's a total picture of positivity. People are coming from all over to have their photos taken.

"There was a queue on Sunday morning. I made sure everyone was socially distanced. I reckon we must have had over 5,000 people visit.

"It's been a real marvel so far.

"I only ordered it for my daughter as she loves Grinch. I was delighted with her reaction, let alone that of strangers.

"Jasmine was just screaming at it like crazy when it was all blown up."

After catching the attention of locals with his eye-popping Christmas decoration, Ray has asked families to donate money to charity.

The businessman has raised £8,000 for good causes so far.

One of these is Alice House Hospice, which cared for Ray’s dad Frank who sadly passed away from Covid-19 in May.

Ray explained: "He had a happy life because he had quite a simple life. You never saw him made angry or upset. He was a decent fellow.

"I had always wanted to do something for the hospice but never thought it would be something like this.”

Ray added: “I thought it would be something simple like a raffle.

"I wanted this to be ambitious but I was staggered at how much and how quickly these strangers were donating.

"It really has snowballed.

"It has been good in some many ways. My kids love the decoration and also it is providing a great way to raise money for this great charity."

Alice House has seen a drop in donations as a result of fundraising activities being cancelled during the pandemic.

To find out more to to donate to the hospice, visit the campaign page here.

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