A PENSIONER is hoping to inspire more people in the community to raise money for charity.

Len Jones, of Willow Park, Mancot has spent the past few weeks transforming his garden for the Six Nations Rugby in the hopes of raising funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Mr Jones has been transforming his garden to celebrate various sporting events such as the World Cup, the Olympics and the Six Nations Rugby and has done so for the past four years, racking up almost £1,200 for the charity.

He said: “I love doing it and with doing this, it might promote others to do the same and that’s what it’s about.

“I’m hoping my great-grandson may take over from me one day, it is good fun.

“I put everything up when it first started, and the wind blew it all down. It’s lucky none of them ripped but hopefully it will stay up this time.”

Len, who lives with his partner Doreen, started fundraising for the air ambulance after they were inspired from a charity event that they attended in 2015.

He added: “I chose air ambulance after we went to a fundraising event one summer and I thought it’s a smashing thing to carry on and that’s what I’ve done ever since.

“I like doing things for the garden and seeing what improvements can be made. I think the figures are better this year.

“I would like to carry on doing this for a long time and hope others will be inspired by it.”

The rugby pitch in the garden has been set up ready for the England v Wales match on Saturday and the pair said they will be backing Wales.

The figures are moved depending on what team is due to play and Mr Jones said it is fun to do.

The couple, who have lived in the area for 28 years, have a pot at the end of their garden for passers-by to donate any change they have for the cause.

Mr Jones said: “It’s impressive the amount we raise for where we live because we are out of the way a bit.”

The Leader has previously reported that Mr Jones turned his garden into a Christmas wonderland and he held a carol service in his garden on Christmas Eve to celebrate the occasion which raised £187 for the charity.