The ever-popular Rotary Tree of Light has won the hearts of even more people this Christmastide. So far the Tree of Light in the Bell Tower of St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, has raised almost £7,000 – the best result in 10 years. With gift aid added, Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club believe the final figure should be around £8,000.
Over the years the Tree of Light has raised many thousands of pounds for local charities and this year’s beneficiaries will be Age UK Shropshire, Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.”
St Mary’s closed today (December 23) though the Tree of Light will remain in the Bell Tower until after Christmas.
The Mayor of Shrewsbury was the first person to see the Rotary Tree of Light at St Mary’s Church. Councillor Gwen Burgess was visiting the church at the same time as members of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club were installing the 2020 Tree of Light in the Bell Tower. The Mayor told Rotarians she was ‘delighted’ to be the first visitor to the Tree and wished Rotary every success in this year’s fundraising. That has subsequently become a reality.