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 2018 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.
The Trustees are pleased that the charities in 2018 were:
Severn Hospice will be supported with half of the amount 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.
Lingen Davis Cancer Care Trust will be supported with 25% of the funds donated by the public.
Making a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire; Telford & Wrekin and Mid-Wales. To find out more about the work of the Lingen Davies Cancer Care Trust.
Telford Young Carers:Respite - nominated by the Rotary Club of Telford Centre
Ordinary children with an extraordinary role.
The Telford & Wrekin Young Carers Service are a managed Telford & Wrekin CVS project, commissioned through Telford & Wrekin Council for around 12 years.
"We are a small team always working within a limited budget. We focus on providing the best support we can for the most young carers. Aged between 5 and 18 years, young carers look after family members who are ill or disabled."
The Young Carers Service have over 450 children registered on roll, a significant percentage of the estimated young carers in the borough. Common conditions young carers may have to deal with are illnesses like MS, arthritis, cancer, special educational needs, mental health issues like bi-polar, depression or anxiety, or alcohol or substance mis-use. Often they can be ‘primary’ carers with little or no other adult support. Young carers can find it rewarding but it can also be challenging. They can have issues that effect them at school and inside and outside the home, including organising their lives, tiredness, isolation, bullying, feeling different to their friends, and low self esteem. Sometimes they have health problems themselves.
To find out more about Telford Young Carers please follow this link.
Tickwood Care Farm - nominated by the Rotary Club of Ironbridge
In 2004 Edward and Anna Dugdale decided to utilise their working Shropshire farm, its woodland, livestock and practical know-how to provide new experiences and opportunities for young people learning to live with trauma and other significant personal challenges.
Tickwood Care Farm is now a registered charity and receives visitors including people disadvantaged by learning difficulties, mental illness and physical disability. Today, Edward and Anna, and the organisations that use Tickwood, have seen that the benefits can be far greater than ever thought possible. To find out more about the work of the Tickwood Care Farm please follow this link.
Club 2000 - nominated by the Rotary Club of The Wrekin
Club 2000 is a sports and social club for people with disabilities. It is run by volunteers and has to raise all monies for the running of the club. They meet once a week on a Thursday at Oakengates Leisure centre. The main aim of the club is to enable the members to take part in activities that they would not be able to do on their own. Membership to Club 2000 is open to anyone over the age of 16.
You do not have to be disabled to join - Thursday evenings from 6.30 - 9pm @ Oakengates Leisure Centre, New Road, Wrockwardine Wood.
Wellington Theatre Company: Youth Section - nominated by the Rotary Club of Wellington
The Youth Theatre meets on Wednesday evenings for ages 8 – 11/12 year olds, from 6:00pm to 7:45pm. Ages 11/12 – 18 can join a Wednesday group who meet from 8 to 9:30pm or a Sunday group who meet from 5.30 – 7pm. There is sometimes a waiting list for all groups. In addition to their year-round programme, Youth members usually take part in our annual pantomime (held in January) and a musical production (often held in July). To be placed on the waiting list ‘phone or text your child’s name, date of birth and preferred day (for 11/12 – 18 year olds) to the Youth Leader. (Clare Foster on 07870286190). We do not hold auditions to join Belfrey Youth Theatre, all we ask of our youth members is that they follow our rules and enjoy themselves The price per session is £3, paid on a weekly basis. The price is kept low to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the theatre experience.
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 20 years ago it has generated over £580,000 for 48 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.