10 Nov Charities benefit from Telford’s Tree of Light
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner was delighted to press the button and turn on the Tree of light at Telford Shopping Centre
The commemorative fundraiser is organised by a combination of four Telford rotary clubs – Wellington, Ironbridge, Wrekin, and Telford Central. The tree, which serves as way for people to remember loved ones and support local good causes, is based at Telford Shopping Centre. The tree has raised around £40,000 in the last three or four years, and this year’s proceeds will be split between a number of good causes – 50 per cent for the Severn Hospice, 25 per cent for Hope House, and 25 per cent between four good causes selected by the individual rotary clubs – Lingen Davies, Southall School, Telford Mind, and Telford & Wrekin CVS.
Peter Seaward, acting chair of the trustees of Telford Tree of Light, said that they were delighted to be able to hold an in-person switch-on this year.
He said: “The tree of light is there to enable people to remember their loved ones at this time of year and help to support local charities by making a donation. It is a really important way of supporting very deserving local organisations.
“For everyone involved with the tree of light we were delighted to be able to officially launch this year and especially pleased that the Lord Lieutenant was able to do it.”
Donations of £5 are requested for those who wish to add a name to the tree, and people can do so up until December 18.
For information about the tree of light or to add a loved one’s name visit http://telfordtreeoflight.org.uk/