Christmas can be a tough time for those who have lost someone close.
But Rugby’s Tree of Light gives you a chance to leave a tribute in their memory – and help a good cause while doing so.
The Rotary Club of Rugby is once again giving everyone the opportunity to sponsor lights on the tree outside St Andrew’s church their honour. All the money donated will be given to Rugby Myton Hospice in recognition of the support and palliative care it provides to help ease pain and suffering.
Organiser Peter Smith said: “Losing loved ones over the years, whether it has been to that terrible disease of cancer, or to some other disease or tragedy always brings a time of reflection and a time when we hold their memory especially dear, and Christmas is that very special time.”
The public’s generosity towards last year’s appeal last year enabled £4,875 to be donated to the hospice. Since the project was started 16 years ago the people of Rugby have donated over £62,500 to Rugby Myton Hospice.
Sponsor forms can be found in copies of the Rugby Advertiser and also in St Andrew’s church and, with your donation (minimum of £5 per dedication), should be sent to ‘Rotary Tree of Light’, c/o 2 Bawnmore Court, Rugby CV22 7QQ or taken to the Rugby Advertiser office at 2 Albert Street, Rugby and posted through the black side door. Please mark your envelopes ‘Rugby Tree of Light’.
You also have the facility to indicate that you wish your donation to be Gift Aided – meaning that for every £10 donated, the charity receives £12.50, at no cost to you.
All cheques or Postal Orders should be made payable to ‘Rotary Tree of Light’
To launch this year’s appeal, Rugby Mayor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava switched on the tree lights on Wednesday evening. Donations will be accepted up to the end of December.
The special Tree of Light Commemoration Service will be held at St Andrew’s on Tuesday December 16 at 7pm and is open to everyone.
Mr Smith said: “Please come and join us as we remember those who have that special place in our hearts.
“We thank the Mayor, Rugby Borough Council, St Andrew’s and the Advertiser for all their help and co-operation in making this appeal possible.”