Telford Tree of Light

The Tree of Light

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 2020 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 are pleased that the charities in 2020 were:

Every penny of the total sum contributed by members of the public this year will, as usual, be shared between several local charities.  The Trustees are pleased to announce that as in previous years:

Severn Hospice will be supported with half of the amount donated by the public

For over 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.

This year the four President’s of Rotary in Telford have nominated these local charities.

To received a quarter of the donations

Details tHope 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.”o follow

The Remainder to be shared between

Nominated by Wellington Rotary – President Peter

The Holly Project is a free, independent support service for the survivors of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and their families, run by CSE survivors.  It was named YMCA Family Project of the Year at the national Youth Matters awards in 2019.

It is a safe place for those affected by CSE to get support and advice from people who have experienced the trauma and impact of CSE.  We also work with other agencies and volunteers to support people through their journey, along with the support of other survivors who have similar life experiences. We know that there is not a “one size fits all” approach, so draw on our own experiences and established networks to find the best fit and pathway for each survivor and their family. We run drop-in sessions 5 days a week and provide direct access to services that can help, including counselling and other therapies.  Counselling and therapy sessions are funded through grants and donations.

Contact details:

Website (live but not officially launched until later this year) –

Facebook –  @hollyprojectymca   

Twitter – @holly_project    

Nominated by President Chris –Telford Centre Rotary

Telford After Care Team, “TACT”, has the primary purpose of ensuring there is a clear and safe program of recovery options available to people who use substances, but also provides support to other vulnerable members of the community.  The scope of its activities includes:

  • Providing a variety of support groups to assist in the rehabilitation of recovering substance users;
  • Liaising with mutual aid support groups to improve overall service delivery;
  • Raising public awareness of health issues;
  • Providing safe accommodation to women at risk;
  • Providing support services to individuals experiencing problematic mental health;
  • The continuing development of a bespoke training program for West Mercia Police to increase police officers’ understanding of mental health issues and improve their ability to deal with volatile situations;
  • Managing trading businesses to enable those service users who are ready to re-enter the workplace to gain practical experience of the workplace environment, whilst as a side benefit generating revenue to help support TACT’s activities;
  • Providing volunteer vocational training and management education programmes to enhance the skillsets of service users, volunteers and staff.

Nominated by Ironbridge Rotary – President Peter

The East Shropshire Talking Newspaper provides a free weekly service to blind and partially-sighted people across the area. Subscribers receive by post a USB memory stick containing news, features and interviews, and use a USB player which is provided if required, at no cost, on permanent loan. Volunteers edit, present, read, copy, pack and distribute the memory sticks.  The newspaper is prepared in a recording studio kindly made available at the offices of the Shropshire Star in Ketley. The newspaper is now also online at although many users do not have the use of a computer. The charity is funded entirely by voluntary gifts and donations which provide the equipment for recording, packing and running costs.

Nominated by President Trevor – The Wrekin Rotary

Contact:  Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin, 40 Tan Bank, Wellington, TF1 1HW

Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin is a charity which provides an accessible advice service for local people.  The service is free, confidential, impartial and independent.
We provide information and advice on individuals’ rights and responsibilities, empowering people to resolve their issues and supporting those who need greater help, especially the most vulnerable.
We provide services face-to-face, by telephone and online.  Normally, we open daily for people to drop in at Tan Bank, Wellington and by appointment at First Point Telford in Southwater One.  We also provide services, one-day per week, at other community locations around Telford.
Our services are delivered by a small staff team and some 75 volunteers who help in many roles including as advisers, reception staff and on the telephones.
As people’s priorities change, new specialist advice services are identified, and funds sought to meet these needs.  We currently offer a debts and benefits service, work with people with mental ill-health and with families with complex needs.  We also work with those who are serving or have served in the armed forces and their families. We use our knowledge of local issues to work proactively with local and regional agencies to undertake research and to campaign on wider issues affecting the public

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; and in the windows of Tranter Lowe’s offices in Oakengates.  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 £42,000 as a result of your donations and since the appeal started 25 years ago it has generated over £712,,000 for 56 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. 

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