ONCE again, Malvern Rotary Club is offering you the chance to remember your loved ones with its Tree of Light appeal.

The main objectives of the Appeal, now in its 16th year, is to provide a way for families and friends to remember loved ones no longer with us and to raise funds for worthy causes.

Over the years, more than £140,000 has been raised so far, and many charities have benefited from the annual distributions.

This year, the major recipients will be St Richard’s Hospice for its Build 2020 project, and Age UK Malvern for its Befriending Scheme.

Other charities supported by the Rotary Club of Malvern will also benefit from the appeal.

For many years, some of the running costs of the appeal have been met by local businesses, and once again this year, the club would be grateful for any offers of sponsorship.

Members of the club will be erecting the lights in Priory Park on Thursday, November 29, ready for the switch-on on Monday, December 3.

The ceremony will start at 6pm with Christmas carols played by the Chase Brass Band, after which the Mayor of Malvern, Cynthia Palmer, will flick the switch.

Following the switch-on, the lights will be lit every evening until Saturday, January 5.

A list of donors and lives remembered, updated regularly, together with the names of the appeal's business sponsors, will be displayed on a screen in the central foyer of Malvern Theatres, on Rotary’s website at rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?Club ID=611, and they will also be published in the Malvern Gazette in the run-up to Christmas.

For anyone who wishes to remember a loved one by sponsoring a light, an application form is printed on this page.