Tree returns to shine festive light on fundraising
By Rob Freeman | 29th October 2020
The Tree of Light will return to Gloucester this Christmas but with a difference as organisers adapt to raising funds amid coronavirus restrictions.
The city's Rotary Club and Gloucester City Council will bring the 40ft fir tree to its customary spot outside the Guildhall in Eastgate Street for a 10th year with the switch on at 5.30pm on November 14.
As well as becoming a popular sight during the city's festive celebration, the tree has helped to raise more than £60,000 for local charities in donations and sponsorship.
And it has enabled people to remember loved ones with a message on the tree.
Due to restrictions there will be no entertainment, no civic procession and no blessing of the tree while Rotary members will not be collecting donations.
Instead, people can leave a message and make a donation at treeoflight.co.uk.
Charities which will benefit include Mayor of Gloucester Councillor Kate Haigh's chosen charity Pride in Gloucestershire, The James Hopkins Trust, Rotary Youth Trust Fund and Rotary Community Awards.
The Rotary's Tree of Light committee chairman Martyn White said restrictions on fundraising means support for the Tree of Light is more vital this year.
He said: "You can remember a loved one this Christmas by sponsoring and dedicating one of the 10,000 lights on the tree while providing a vital financial lifeline to local charities."
The switch on will be live streamed on the Rotary Club's Facebook page.
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