Rotarians in Telford are celebrating national success after presenting a cheque to us – their headline charity.
The town’s four clubs came together for their Christmas Tree of Light campaign, and raised £42,000 for local good causes – with £21,000 donated to us to care for local families.
Since they started the annual appeal in 1996, the community has contributed £670,000 for worthy causes – making it the Rotary Club’s most successful tree nationally.
We are one of six local charities to benefit from the Rotarians’ continued support.
Peter Seaward, chair of the Rotary Clubs of Telford & District Trust Fund, said: “It’s been another successful year. An amazing 2,500 people sponsored 5,300 names, raising £42,000 shared between Severn Hospice and our other beneficiaries.
“We’ve been running the appeal for 24 years and in that time we’ve distributed £670,000 to local causes, making our appeal the most successful rotary tree in the country; naturally we’re very proud of this.”
Norma Ross, our director of income generation, said: “We’re really grateful and proud of the unique relationship we enjoy with our rotary clubs. Their commitment to raising funds for us is truly admirable.
“All donations regardless of size enable us to provide loving care to families at our buildings or in the comfort of their home. Thank you for your unwavering support; it helps us make a difference to the families in our care.”
Rotarian Max Clowes, chair of the Telford Tree of Light organising committee, said: “The Telford Tree of Light is as popular as ever thanks to the efforts of the four rotary clubs, support from businesses and donations from the public.”
“Without our sponsors we could not say every penny we collect from the public goes to the charities like Severn Hospice.”
Every year the rotary clubs of Ironbridge, Telford Centre, The Wrekin and Wellington come together to give people the opportunity to remember loved ones with names displayed in special Christmas trees around the area.
To find out how you can help us, visit our Support Us page.