TELFORD TREE OF LIGHT 2019
2019 Rotary Telford Tree of Light Trolley Tokens
The Rotary Telford Tree of Light has this year produced a Tree of Light Trolley token which is held in a keychain. These cost £2.00 to buy and can be obtained from the New Tree site in Telford Shopping Centre and where the names of those remembered are displayed. The photograph shows Chair of the Rotary Clubs of Telford Trust Fund, Peter Seaward, delivering Tree of Light application forms and trolley tokens to Carol's Cafe in Wellington Market where the names of those remembered are displayed.
The 2019 Rotary Telford Tree of Light campaign is off to a great start.
The first 607 envelopes containing details of those to be remembered on the Tree have been received. Along with these dedications over £9000 has been donated to support this year’s charities.
The Rotary Telford Tree of Light 2019 Switch-On by Severn Hospice’s Norma Ross takes place in New Row, Telford Shopping Centre at 4.30pm on Thursday 14th November 2019. Traditional Christmas Carols will be played by the Salvation Army band from 4pm. This year’s switch-on will be full of surprises. A New Tree, generously provided by the Shopping Centre management will be sited in a New Location - New Row. There will also be a New Display, sponsored by local businesses, to hold the lists of loved ones remembered at Christmas.
Rotarian Max Clowes, Chair of the Tree of Light organising committee said, “A New Tree, a New Display and everything at a New Site. The switch-on to launch 24th Tree of Light campaign promises to be an exciting event. I hope you will be there to join us.”
A New Tree In a New Location. Switch-on Details Announced
It is with great pleasure that the Telford Tree of Light Committee can announce that The Town Centre management have generously agreed to provide a new tree which will be installed for the Christmas 2019 campaign. The new Tree will be located in New Row. When the current building work is completed this location will provide a higher ceiling and wider mall which should enhance the overall presentation.
The Tree of Light committee also said farewell to the display that 15 years ago first surrounded the Tree in Dean Square and in later years occupied Dean Street to hold the lists of loved names remembered at Christmas. A new display in keeping with the new tree and location is however being designed and built ready for the switch on.
Switch-0n 2019 The Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington are pleased to announce that the switch on for 2019 will take place in New Row, Telford Shopping Centre at 4.30pm on Thursday 14th November 2019. The Salvation Army band will play Christmas Carols from 4pm and the Tree will be switched on by Norma Ross of Severn Hospice.
Rotary Telford Tree of Light 2019 Campaign Gets Underway.
Rotarians from across Telford have helped prepare for the coming Rotary Telford Tree of Light Campaign. Members packed over 2500 envelopes which are to be posted to the generous people who remembered their loved ones last year.
On Wednesday 23rd October the envelopes containing details of this year’s campaign were franked at Lanyon Bowdlers Solicitors in Telford and delivered to Wellington Royal Mail for posting to supporters of the Telford Tree of Light.
A team of volunteers was in Telford Town on Saturday 26th October to explain how donating to the Tree can help remember loved ones at Christmas while supporting this year's local charities. Apart from Severn Hospice the 2019 campaign will support Hope House Hospice, Man in Place, Climbing Out, Riding for the Disabled and Telford Samaritans.
On Tuesday 29th October a Tree of Light working party meet for the first time in the 2019 campaign to open returned envelopes and to process names and donations received from our supporters.
The Rotary Telford Tree of Light Campaign, which is run by the Rotary Clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington celebrated the success of the 2018 campaign by presenting £42000 to local charities. Chair of the Telford Tree of Light organising committee, Rotarian Max Clowes, said, “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 is given 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. Peter Seaward, Chair of the Rotary Clubs of Telford & District Trust Fund said, “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."
A New Tree for 2019 - In a New Location
It is with great pleasure that the Telford Tree Light committee can announce that The Town Centre management have generously agreed to provide a new tree which will be installed for the Christmas 2019 campaign and located in New Row. When the current building work is completed this location will provide a higher ceiling and wider mall which should enhance the overall presentation.
Also it was with great sadness that the Tree of Light committee said farewell to the display that 15 years ago first surrounded the tree in Dean Square and in later years occupied Dean Street to hold the lists of loved names remembered at Christmas. A new display in keeping with the new tree and lcation is however being designed and built ready for the switch on by Norma Ross of the Severn Hopice on14th November 2019 at 4.30pm
TELFORD GOLF HOTEL AND RESORT BACKS TELFORD TREE OF LIGHT CAMPAIGN
The Telford Hotel and Golf Resort is to be a Benefactor to the Telford Tree of Light campaign for 2019. Adrian Pickard general manager explained that his company were delighted to have been invited to act as a Benefactor to ensure the continued success of the Telford Tree of Light knowing the contribution will cover vital running costs to ensure that 100% of the proceeds raised from the general public will go to local charities.
This years charities are Severn Hospice, Hope House Hospice, Man in Place, Climbing Out, Riding for the Disabled and Telford Samaritans.
TheTelford Tree of Light is run by the Rotary Clubs of Telford Centre, Wellington, Wrekin and Ironbridge and is in its 24th year. It raises about £40,000 each year.
A spokesman fro the Tree of Light committee said " The Rotary Clubs of Telford are excited about the decision of The Telford Hotel and Golf Resort to become a benefactor. It is excellent news that a large and well known local business has chosen to support us in this way."
The new scheme for sponsorship is designed to be attractive to private individuals and local businesses large and small within the local community. Details of the scheme can be found in the menu - 'How to Become a Sponsor'.
Thanks from Lingen-Davies Cancer Fund
Blood Bike News
SPIRIT OF ROTARY IN ACTION - The Blood Bike wholly funded by the four Rotary Clubs of Telford and the Wrekin from money raised through the Tree of Light appeal in 2017 has been in action. The bike named "Spirit of Rotary" has been used by the charity Blood Bike.
The charity provides a vital service to the NHS transporting blood samples and supplies to and from Hospitals across the region Sonia Roberts speaking on behalf of the Rotary Club of Telford Central said about the 12 month’s operational figures "..When you view the figures, you will see just what a wonderful gift you have given our community. Spirit is making such a big difference to folk and, I’ve no doubt, helping to save lives.."
The four Rotary Clubs who came together to fund this very high value item are delighted to see how well used the bike is being used. Readers are encouraged to do some 'blood bike spotting' by keeping an eye out when we are on our travels and reporting sightings back to the Facebook accounts of the four Clubs - Wellington, The Wrekin, Ironbridge and Telford Centre.