Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Wellington met on Friday 12th October to help prepare for the coming Rotary Telford Tree of Light Campaign. Members packed over 1000 envelopes which are to be sent out to contributors to the 2017 to the Rotary Tree of Light.
The 2017 Rotary Telford Tree of Light Campaign, which is run by the Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington celebrated its 22nd birthday with a record amount raised for local charities. Chair of the Telford Tree of Light organising committee, Rotarian Max Clowes, said, “We were delighted to announce that the Telford Tree of Light was able to distribute £43,040 to local charities." The full cost of the appeal is covered by the Rotary Clubs, the business community and other organisations so that the entire amount given by the public will be distributed to the chosen good causes.
The names of those remembered are displayed around the Tree of Light in Telford Shopping Centre, in Wellington Dawley, Madeley, Ironbridge and Oakengates . The names are also published in the Telford Journal and on the Tree of Light website. Max continued, “The success of the Rotary Telford Tree of Light has only been made possible thanks to the wonderful generosity of the people of Telford who donate to The Tree of Light to remember their loved ones at Christmas time."
For newcomers to the area a team of volunteers was in Telford Town on Saturday 13th October to explain how people can remember loved ones at Christmas and help this year's local charities. Apart from Severn Hospice the 2018 campaign will be supporting Lingen Davies, Club 2000, Tickwood, the Belfry Theatre and Telford & Wrekin Young Carers. More details about these charities can be found on the Telford Tree of Light website.
The Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington are pleased to announce that the switch on for 2018 will take place in Dean Street, Telford Shopping Centre at 4.30pm on 15th November 2018. The Salvation Army band will play carols from 4pm and the Tree will be switched on by Free Radio presenter Jo Jesmond.