THE family of cheeky youngster Harley Barnes gathered to have their own special Christmas light switch-on in his memory at his grandparent’s Gastard stables where he died.

They were joined by the four-year-old’s nursery school pals from the Mansion House Pre-School in Corsham, as well as friends of his parents Hannah Vaughan and Andrew Barnes on Saturday evening at the stable yard in Velley Hill.

They all gathered around the three Christmas trees donated by Hartham Park and a friend to see them illuminated and adorned with decorations.

Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock also donated two light up reindeers for the small but poignant event.

The evening then continued at the Harp and Crown and the family has raised £300 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Harley, of Elm Grove, Corsham, tragically drowned in a pond in July after wondering off from his mum to give hay to some horses.

“This is our first Christmas without our beautiful grandson so we wanted to do something for him at the place he used to love to go,” said Harley’s grandmother Teresa Vaughan.

“It went really well and I think we had 100 plus people and that was just close friends and family. We raised ourselves £300 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and a friend of mine who works for a bank said they will match it to £500.

“The Wiltshire Air Ambulance attended [when Harley was found in the pond] and were waiting in case, but they decided they were not needed but it was my daughter’s choice of charity.”