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 2019 the Appeal was supported by thousands of individual sponsors, and raised £42,000. Every penny of the total sum contributed by members of the public was shared between six charities.
Watch the 2019 switch on by Norma Ross of the Severn Hospice
The Trustees were pleased to present cheques to the following in 2019:
Severn Hospice received £21,000.00 donated by the public
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. To find out more about the work of the Severn Hospice please follow this link.
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Wellington and Ironbridge Clubs received £7,875.00
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Every six seconds, a we respond to a call for help. Every year, we answer more than 5 million calls for help by phone, email, SMS, letter, face to face at one of our local branches and through our Welsh language service. We’re here 24/7, before, during and after a crisis. Whether it’s an ‘are you ok?’ at just the right moment, or the midnight support of a trained volunteer; whether it’s better training in the workplace or campaigning for more investment in national and local suicide prevention – we’re here. Our charity works to make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.
Sponsored by Telford Centre Club received £5,250
Hope House Children’s Hospices provide care and support to life-limited children and young people from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. We’re here to help them enjoy the best possible quality of life, both emotionally and practically. We’re here 365 days a year for their parents and families too, who can often find it hard to cope and feel isolated. We’re here throughout the lifetime of their child – and often well beyond – with specialist nursing care, counselling support, empathy and understanding. Our dedicated teams work at our two hospices, Hope House & Tŷ Gobaith, in the family’s own home and within local communities.
The Cavalier Centre sponsored by Ironbridge Club received £2,625.00 and is home to Perry Riding for the Disabled; Perry RDA has been operating for over 25 years. It’s new home the Cavalier Centre in Much Wenlock, opened in April 2019 following five years of fundraising and incredible support from individuals, businesses and trust funds; it continues to operate through kind donations. The Cavalier Centre provides new opportunities for the community, it is a centre of excellence for therapeutic riding, vaulting, hippotherapy and carriage driving. Activities are open to the full age spectrum, disabilities and needs. The centre houses meeting and therapeutic spaces which are available to all, we are actively looking to support the needs of groups across the Telford and Wrekin area.
Maninplace sponsored by the Rotary club of The Wrekin received £2,625.00 is a homelessness service working in Telford and Wrekin. It has revolutionised the approach to homelessness and rough sleeping in the borough.
Set up in 2006 Maninplace has created a range of provision for those experiencing homelessness, from emergency to permanent accommodation, including an Assisted Housing Scheme.
Through its innovative approach it now has in place services covering housing management, engagement workers, Floating and residential support and specialist workers challenging some of the difficulties that besets those experiencing homelessness and personal demons.
Sponsored by Rotary Club of The Wrekin, received £2,625.00, runs five-day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self-esteem for young people aged 16-30yrs who have been through a life changing injury, illness or trauma.
“Climbing Out has shown me that anything can be achieved … thank you for pressing the play button and taking my life off hold.” Claire
The programmes run Monday to Friday and offer a wide range of activities including climbing, gorge scrambling, kayaking, hill walking, abseiling and raft building. All the activities are bespoke to the needs and capabilities of individual participants. So, it doesn’t matter how fit they are or what physical limitations they may have. All the activities are adapted to suit the group, so everyone can take part and have a go.
The instructors are specifically trained in personal development coaching as well as outdoor activities. They run fun and light-hearted sessions each morning and evening so the young people can review and reflect on their learning from the day’s activities. These sessions provide the young people with the skills to transfer that learning to real life after completion of their programme.
Social events are held each evening, including inspirational talks, quiz nights and BBQs. The social element of the programmes has proved to be incredibly important. They provide the young people the chance to socialise and make new friends. Lifelong friendships have developed as a result of taking part in a Climbing Out programme.
The Climbing Out programmes have proved time and time again to act as a springboard to enable young people to start living life to the full post injury, illness or trauma
The programmes are provided at no cost to the young people.
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 £43,000 as a result of your donations and since the appeal started 24 years ago it has generated over £670,,000 for 53 worthy causes. 2017 was very special as we were awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service..
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.