Telford Tree of Light 2017
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.”