The Tree of Light 2014 Campaign reached a conclusion at the Presentation Evening that took place at Shifnal's Park House Hotel. The record £38,200 raised during the campaign was distributed last night to the nominated charities. President Wendy Waterson of the Rotary Club of Ironbridge presented a cheque for £4,775 to the Princess Royal Hospital Neo Natal Unit; President John Morris-Roberts of the Rotary Club of Telford Centre Rotary Club presented £4,775 to Telford Mind £4,775; President Roger Mitchell of the Rotary Club of the Wrekin presented a cheque for £4475 to Wellington Cottage Care; President Venn Davies of the Rotary Club of Wellington presented £4775 to the Georgia Williams Trust. The final presentation of the evening was carried out by Rtn. Peter Seaward, Chairman of the Tree of Light Committee, who gave a cheque for £19,100 to Sarah Maythorne, Appeals Officer of the Servern Hospice.
Left photograph shows Rotarian Peter Seaward, Chair of the Tree of Light Committee, Rotarian Paul Booth, Chair of the Rotary Clubs of Telford and District Trust Fund with Sarah Maythorne of Severn Hospice. Right photograph shows President Venn Davies of the Rotary Club of Wellington with Lynette & Scarlet Williams of the Georgia Williams Trust. Centre photograph shows President Venn Davies of the Rotary Club of Wellington with Rotarian Peter Seaward, Chair of the Tree of Light Committee
Update 8th December 2014
John Morris-Roberts writes: As at December 8th Rotary have collected just over £30000 for the 2014 appeal. Gift aid which is being claimed, so far will swell the coffers by approximately £6000. The Appeal is close to the 2013 total of £38000. The Charities this year are as usual half to the Severn Hospice and the remainder shared between the four Charities chosen by the four Rotary Clubs in the Telford area. Wellington, Telford Centre, Ironbridge and the Wrekin Clubs. Telford Rotarians would like to thank their Corporate and Personal sponsors who cover their expenses. Their names appear around the Tree in Telford Town Centre. Rotarians request that those still wishing to remember their loved one's (pets included, it's rather nice that there are three dogs, and two cats remembered around our Tree, faithful pets to their owners.) to please let us have your forms as soon as possible so that they can be processed and get them around the TREE in time for Christmas. There are just over 4000 names around the Tree. An up to date list will be put up on the 18th Dec., thereafter Rotary will put up separate lists for those named, and will try their best to get all names around the Tree, before Christmas Eve. Any unable to get there will be displayed after Christmas on the Tree in Dean Square Telford Town Centre.
The Switch-On - November 13th 2014
The Telford Tree of Light was switched on Thursday 13th November at Telford Town Centre by Lee Carter, Managing Director of AFC Telford. Rotarian Peter Seaward, Chairman of the Tree of Light Committee, thanked all the helpers, sponsors and people of Telford and surrounding areas for making the Tree such a successful fundraising event for the nominated charities.
This year the Telford Tree of Light is supporting the Severn Hospice [50%], Princess Royal Hospital Neo-Natal Unit [12.5%], Wellington Cottage Care [12.5%], Georgia Williams Trust [12.5%] and Telford Mind [12.5%].
Pictured left: Tree of Light Committee Chair, Rotarian Peter Seaward; From Severn Hospice Appeals, Sarah Maythorne; and Managing Director of AFC Telford, Lee Carter.
Pictured right: Rotary Club of Telford Centre President John Morris Roberts; Rotary Club of Wellington President Venn Davies; Rotary District 1210 Assistant Governor Carol Reilly; and Tree of Light Committee Chair, Rotarian Peter Seaward.
See the following link http://www.severnhospice.org.uk/rotary-club-switch-tree-light/
At the Buck's Head - November 12th 2014
The Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington sponsored the match ball at AFC Telford's match against Altrincham on November 12th 2014. The Clubs used the opportunity to raise the profile of both Rotary and The Telford Tree of Light.