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Campaign boost for three main charities
Tree of Light campaign now up-and-running for an 11th consecutive year, the club is shining a light on the causes the festive fund-raiser will be supporting.
Backed once again by your Malvern Gazette, Rotarians will be stringing lights on a 100-foot conifer tree in Priory Park, at the back of Malvern Theatres, which can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one in exchange for a charity donation .
The main beneficiaries of this year’s campaign will be Midlands Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer Support and Acorns Children’s Hospice, who will each be receiving 30 per cent of the proceeds.
Malvern Rotary spokesman Sandy Gibson said: “The Tree of Light is first and foremost a symbol whereby family and friends remember loved ones who will be absent this Christmas.
“But as they dedicate lights, their donations provide funding for important charities.”
He said the air ambulance is a cause that club members are keen to back with much-needed funds.
“The charity operates three air ambulances serving Worcestershire and five surrounding counties, each carrying a pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors, plus life support equipment,” he said.
“No government or Lottery funding is received, so since each mission costs £2,500, with nearly 10 made each day, £6 million must be raised from the public and local businesses.”
The lights will be switched on during a special ceremony on Monday, December 2, and will remain lit during the evening until Twelfth Night, January 5.
A list of sponsors’ names and the lives remembered will be displayed in Malvern Theatres and online at malverngazette.co.uk following the switch-on.
Dedications can be made using the attached application form. For further details, call 01684 563429.
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