MEMORIAL tree schemes in Malvern and Upton are set for record-breaking years thanks to the generosity of local people.

In the run-up to the festive season both Malvern Rotary Club and Upton in Bloom organised projects offering people the chance to remember their loved ones with a light on a tree in exchange for a donation.

With both trees now switched on and shining brightly, organisers of the two schemes are delighted with the response.

Malvern Rotary’s Tree of Light, in Priory Park, is on course to raise about £10,500. This would be the best result in its 10-year history and takes the amount raised in total over the last decade to more than £90,000.

Meanwhile, Upton in Bloom’s memorial tree, in the Old Churchyard, has attracted more than 70 dedications and to date raised almost £400, putting it well on course for its best year so far.

The money raised by Upton in Bloom’s campaign will help fund the town’s entry into the 2013 Heart of England in Bloom competition.

Delighted chairman Jackie Surtees said: “We’re really pleased. As usual, there has been tremendous support from the people of Upton.” Malvern Rotary Club is splitting its proceeds between Acorns Children’s Hospice (45 per cent) and Macmillan Cancer Support (45 per cent), with the remainder going to other Rotary causes.

President Paul Harris praised everyone who supported the campaign for their generosity.

“We particularly wish to thank Malvern Hills District Council for the use of Priory Park and the tree, and Malvern Theatres for permitting the invasion when the lights were switched on and for allowing us to display details of the dedications,”

he said.

“Many others helped, thanks to them all.”