Telford Tree of Light 2017
The Lights are Switched On
A crowded Mall at Telford Town Centre filled by the sounds of the Salvation Army Band heralded the arrival of Dicky Dodds of Signal Radio 107 who was to switch-on the 2017 Telford Tree of Light. Chairman of the organising committee, Max Clowes, welcomed representatives of the charities supported by this year's Tree, the Tree's sponsors, Rotary District 1210 Governor, Carol Reilly, the Presidents of the four organising Rotary Clubs and many of those whose families' names appear around the Tree. Max said, "The Telford Tree of Light would not be possible without the support of the four Rotary Clubs of Telford and the many corporate sponsors who contribute so that every penny donated in memory of a loved one can be passed to the nominated charities. This together with the wonderful generosity of the people of Telford helps to make the Tree a great success."
Max then welcomed and introduced Dicky Dodds, before asking him to Switch-on this year's Tree. With the warmth of his smile and personality filling the area around the Tree he spoke from personal experience of the importance of remembering loved ones, especially at Christmas time. Dicky encouraged everyone to use social media to spread the word and reminded everyone to use Gift Aid if a taxpayer. Then following a traditional count-down he switched on the 2017 Telford Tree of Light.
Where You Can Find Application Forms
Application Forms are available from many sites across Telford. The photographs on the left show. Roxie Jones with application forms in Carol's Cafe on Wellington Market. The lists of those remembered on this year's Tree will soon be appearing in Carol's Cafe.
The photograph on the right was taken at the Customer Service desk in the Telford Shopping Centre. Customer Services are tremendously helpful not only do they distribute the application forms for the Rotary Telford tree of Light but also are a handing in point for completed forms.
Tree of Light 2017 Forms Available Across Telford & Banners Printed
Telford Tree of Light application forms are beginning to appear at outlets throughout the Borough. They are now available at Telford Shopping Centre Customer Services, Severn Hospice shops, Wellington Civic Centre, Dawley Christian Centre, Jubilee House Madeley, Truffles in Ironbridge, Oakengates Leisure Centre and in many other shops, businesses and community venues throughout Telford. Forms are even available on the very edge of Telford, the photograph shows the Telford Tree of Light application forms that can be collected from Oakgate Nursery & Garden Centre in Ellerdine.
Monday 6th November has been banner preparation and printing day at Telford Reprographics - one of the Telford Tree of Light Sponsors. Peter Llewellyn of Telford Reprographics said, ‘It is a privilege to be involved with such successful community project.’
Banners that are to be displayed around the Tree at the Telford Shopping Centre, at Tranter Lowe in Oakengates, Carol’s Cafe on Wellington Market, Truffles in Ironbridge and at the Dawley Christian Centre were being printed this morning. The photograph shows Rhi Moore and Peter Llewellyn of Telford Reprographics with a Telford Tree of Light Poster as it emerges from the printer.
At the end of a very successful first week of the Rotary Telford Tree of Light 2017 Campaign over 650 applications were received with £9672 donated to this year’s charities, Severn Hospice, Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes, Wellington Cottage Care, Dementia UK [Admiral Nurses Telford & Wrekin] & Shropshire Disability Network.
This year the Telford Tree of Light will be switched on at the Telford Shopping Centre on Thursday 16th November at 16.30. The Switch-0n will be performed by Dicky Dodd, the Signal 107 Radio presenter.
The Rotary Telford Tree of Light 2017 Campaign is Underway.
On Wednesday 25th October nearly 2500 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. Further envelopes with details and forms have been taken to Telford Shopping Centre and to other places throughout the Telford area where they can be picked up by anyone wishing to remember a loved one, especially during Christmastime.
The Tree of Light gives people the opportunity to commemorate the names of their loved ones. These names are then displayed around a Tree in the Telford Shopping Centre and in other locations around the borough of Telford & Wrekin. They are also printed in the local paper, the Telford Journal, and on the Tree of Light website. Over 5,000 names are now regularly remembered each year.
In addition to the opportunity to commemorate the names of loved ones, applicants are requested to donate a minimum of £5 per name to local charities. Fifty percent of the funds raised are given to the Severn Hospice with the remaining fifty percent shared between local charities nominated annually by each of the four Rotary clubs.
This year, as well as the Severn Hospice, the Telford Tree of Light is supporting Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes, Wellington Cottage Care, Shropshire Disability Network and Dementia UK [Admiral Nurses Telford & Wrekin].
On Tuesday 31st October a Tree of Light working party, known colloquially as the ‘Blue Peter Group’ met for the first time in this campaign to open returned envelopes and to process names and donations received from our supporters. Chair of the Telford Tree of Light organising committee, Rotarian Max Clowes. said, “The first response has been amazing. Today we have received over 200 forms that remember almost 500 loved ones with over £3000 donated to this year’s Telford Tree of Light. We are indebted to all our supporters who so dearly wish to commemorate their loved ones at Christmas time.”
The Rotary Telford Tree of Light Receives the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service 2017
The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy KCVO, presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017, to representatives of the Rotary Telford Tree of Light on Thursday 18th October 2017 at The Telford Whitehouse Hotel.
Rotarian Paul Booth, Chairman of the Trustees, accepted the Award on behalf of the four Rotary clubs who organise the Telford Tree of Light - Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington. He said, “For 21 years the Telford Tree of Light has been privileged to provide the opportunity for the people of Telford and beyond to remember their loved ones at Christmas, something we know they want to do. In addition, we have been very pleased to raise significant amounts of money for many well deserving local charities especially the Severn Hospice. The total amount will soon exceed £600,000.
This has only been possible with the considerable help of so many volunteers, especially Rotarians, over those 21 years. We are indebted to those who started the Tree of Light. Since then so many volunteers have helped in some way to make the Telford Tree of Light the success it is. Many of the volunteers are here now. I am honoured to receive this prestigious award but the thanks and recognition go to each and everyone of you who have made it possible. A huge thank you to you all.”
Paul continued by mentioning the exceptional help and support that the Tree of Light receives from corporate sponsors. This enables the charity to pass on to worthy causes all the contributions received from the general public. He emphasised the importance of the relationship the charity enjoys with its major partners - Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, Telford Shopping Centre, Telford Journal, Telford Reprographics, Single Source and up to this year the Wellington Market Company - without whom the success of the Telford Tree of Light would not have been possible.
Paul added, “I am personally very moved to be standing here and receiving this award on your behalf. Thank you again for all your help and support and I look forward to 10,000 names around the tree and over £1 million raised for charity. Long may the Rotary Telford Tree of Light continue!”
The Tree of Light gives people the opportunity to commemorate the names of their loved ones. These names are then displayed around a Tree in the Telford Shopping Centre and in other locations around the borough of Telford & Wrekin. They are also printed in the local paper, the Telford Journal, and on the Tree of Light website. Over 5,000 names are now regularly remembered each year. In addition to the opportunity to commemorate the names of loved ones, applicants are requested to donate a minimum of £5 per name to local charities - it has remained at that figure for the 21 years. Fifty percent of the funds raised are given to the Severn Hospice with the remaining fifty percent shared between local charities nominated annually by each of the four Rotary clubs.
Chair of the Telford Tree of Light organising committee, Rotarian Max Clowes. said, “The award of the QAVS to the Telford Tree of Light is superb news and rewards the hard work and dedication of Rotarians from the four Telford Clubs and recognises the support of the many volunteers and local organisations that sponsor the operation, enabling every penny raised to be donated to charity. During the 21 years of operation those donations have amounted to over £550,000 benefiting more than 50 local charities.” He added: “Most of all we are indebted to all our supporters who so dearly wish to commemorate their loved ones at Christmas time. We look forward to continuing to provide this service in 2017 and for many years to come.”
Charities for 2017
The Trustees are pleased to announce the charities to be supported this year are
Severn Hospice (half of the amount donated)
For nearly 30 years Severn Hospice has been the region’s leading provider of specialist palliative and end of life care. As one of the busiest hospices in the UK our mission is to provide the best care and a better life for people living with an incurable illness, and those important to them. The loving care we provide goes beyond the four walls of our buildings as we care for more patients than ever before in the comfort of their own home. All of the care we provide at Severn Hospice is free of charge, but not without cost. It is thanks to the unwavering support of the people of Shropshire and Mid Wales that our caring teams are able to be there when it matters most for those who need our help. We are immensely proud and grateful for the long relationship between our hospice and the Rotary Clubs in the area. Their commitment and dedication to raising funds for charities like our hospice is truly admirable.
Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire Blood Bikes
(half of the remainder of the amount donated).
It is hoped that this amount will enable the volunteers who deliver much needed blood and organs for transplant between hospitals to be able to purchase and equipe a new motor cycle.
Wellington Cottage Care
will receive an eighth of the amount donated are nominated by the Presidents of The Rotary clubs of THe Wrekin and Wellington together.
Shropshire Disability Network
are nominated by the Rotary Club of Telford Centre and are to receive one sixteenth of the amount donated.
Dementia UK (Admiral Nurses /Telford & Wrekin)
will receive the final sixteenth and have been nominated by the Rotary Club of Ironbridge
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them, giving the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions people need. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline–it helps everyone in the family to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.
Congratulations have been pouring in following today’s announcement that the Rotary Telford Tree of Light has won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017.
Amongst the first to congratulate the Telford Tree of Light on their achievement was Rotarian John Sayer, Governor of the District that covers Shropshire, Staffordshire and parts of the West Midlands. He said today: “This is excellent news – congratulations to all concerned. It is a well-earned reward for many years of service to the local community.”
Rotarian Paul Booth, Chairman of the Trustees, said the four Rotary clubs which organise the Telford Tree of Light, Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington, were both ‘honoured and delighted’ to receive this significant award. “It is especially appropriate that the award has been received at the end of its 21st year of operation,” said Paul.
“From small beginnings, the operation has grown into a major annual undertaking, with the preparatory work commencing in April and culminating in a presentation evening in February/March. “The bulk of the activity takes place from late October to Christmas when people are given the opportunity to commemorate the names of their loved ones. These names are then displayed around a Tree in the Telford Shopping Centre and in other locations around the town. “They are also printed in the local paper, the Telford Journal, and on the Tree of Light website. Over 5,000 names are now regularly remembered each year.”
In addition to the opportunity to commemorate the names of loved ones, applicants are requested to donate a minimum of £5 – it has remained at that figure for 21 years – per name to local charities. Fifty percent of the funds raised are given to the local Severn Hospice with the remaining 50% shared between local charities nominated by each of the four Rotary clubs. Over the 21 years, nearly £550,000 has been raised with over £250,000 donated to the hospice and the remainder shared between 50 local charities.
Said Paul: “The whole operation can only function with the voluntary efforts of Rotarians from each of the four clubs and this is estimated at around 3,000 hours per annum.
“In addition, we are indebted to so many organisations who have helped to sponsor and support the Telford Tree of Light over many years, including Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, Single Source, Telford Journal, Telford Reprographics, Telford Shopping Centre and Wellington Market Company. “These, together with other corporate sponsors, have underwritten all the costs and allowed all the funds raised to go direct to the charitable organisations.”
He added: “Most of all we are indebted to all our supporters who so dearly wish to commemorate their loved ones at Christmas time. We look forward to continuing to provide this service in 2017 and for many years to come.”