Although substantial amounts of money are raised by the Tree of Light, it is run primarily as a service to the public.
It has proved to be very popular in Telford and Rotarians are frequently asked "Will there be a Tree of Light again this year?" and "When does it start?” Service to others is at the heart of Rotary's ideals and the Tree of Light is a good example of what Rotary is about - as embodied in its motto 'Service Above Self'.
In 2015 the Appeal was supported by thousands of individual sponsors, and raised £41,000. Every penny of the total sum contributed by members of the public was shared between five charities.
The Severn Hospice received half of the money raised with the other half being shared between
- Telford & District Branch of the MS Society
- PRH Coronary Care Unit
- 2nd Wellington Scout Group
To find out more about these charities click on the name to go to their web sites.
Thanks to everyone who continues to support the Telford Rotary Tree of Light.
Here are a few more details about the Telford Tree of Light.
The Tree of Light provides the opportunity for you to commemorate the name or names of loved ones at Christmas time. Names are displayed on lists around the Tree of Light in Telford Shopping Centre; at Wellington Market and in the windows of Tranter Lowe’s offices in Oakengates and Dawley, and inside Truffles Café in Ironbridge. Names are also displayed on the Tree of Light website and in the Telford Journal. Please use the Application Form link when you are ready to sponsor the name of a loved one.
Last year the Tree of Light which is organised by the four Rotary Clubs in Telford (Ironbridge, Telford Centre, Wellington and The Wrekin) raised £41,000 as a result of your donations and since the appeal started 20 years ago it has generated over £500,000 for worthy causes. 2016 is very special as it is the 21th Birthday of the Telford Tree of Light.
In recent years the Severn Hospice has received half of the funds donated, with the remainder being distributed amongst various charities which serve people in the Telford area. 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 good causes chosen by the Presidents of each of the four Telford Rotary Clubs.
In 2016 half the money raised will again go to the Severn Hospice, a quarter to Hope House (whose 21st anniversary this year coincides with our own) an eighth to the KIP project (for homeless in Telford) with the other eighth being shared between Homestart (which aids young mothers) and the Age UK Telford Befriending Appeal (support for lonely and isolated individuals).