The Rotary Telford Tree of Light, now in the 4th week of the 2017 campaign, has so far remembered over 3500 loved ones and raised over £27,500 for local charities. Chair of the organising committee Max Clowes said, “I am very pleased with progress so far which is ahead of last year’s record figures.”
One of the main reasons for such a good response from the people of Telford is that this year members of the four Rotary Clubs, Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin & Wellington, are attending the Tree in the Telford shopping Centre from 10.00 until 16.00 on every day of the week. They are there to help people find out about the Tree and the charities that are being supported this year – Severn Hospice, Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes, Wellington Cottage Care, Dementia UK [Admiral Nurses Telford & Wrekin] & Shropshire Disability Network. In addition Rotarians are there to help donors with application forms and to direct supporters to where the names of loved ones are printed.
“Is it too late to make a dedication?” is a frequently asked question. There is still plenty of time for names to be remembered. Dedications are guaranteed to appear around the Tree in time for Christmas so long as they are received no later than 16th December.
Organiser of the ‘Attending the Tree’ programme, Rotarian Venn Davies, said, “Members have found it a truly humbling, but rewarding experience to help and support those who visit the Tree to see the names of the loved ones they have remembered this Christmas time”.