The messages from the 2019 Tree of Remembrance campaign are updated every few days. The list of names received up to the 23rd December can be seen by clicking here.
Our Christmas Tree of Remembrance burst into light on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Wufrun Centre. The President of the Rotary Club of the City of Wolverhampton (2019-2020) Richard Horrell opened this years appeal by thanking Mike Colley and his committee for all the work
that goes into the campaign, and of course, the management of the Wulfrun Centre for their hospitality.
The Express and Star deserve special recognition for their promotion of the appeal and for their continued support in publicising the names of those being remembered this year.
A list of names of those to be remembered is published in the Express & Star and displayed in the cabinets on show in the Wulfrun Centre.
The charities which will benefit from donations made this year are as follows;
The first is Compton care which provides care and support for patients living with incurable conditions and their families. It has been running in Wolverhampton for over 36 years and offers round the clock expert care in its in-patient unit as well as caring for people in their own homes.
The second is The Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre which has been supplying oxygen treatment therapies and support for those
experiencing long term debilitating conditions and short term traumas such as surgery or an accident for 30 years.
The third charity to benefit is The Haven, Wolverhampton which provides both practical and emotional support services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness
The fourth charity to benefit is The Rotary Charitable Trust and funds will be used to support good causes in the city of Wolverhampton.
The ceremony was watched by an enthusiastic collection of Rotarians and many interested shoppers.
In 2004 two very astute Wolverhampton
Rotarians had an idea of how to raise money over the Christmas period for local charities.
In fairness they had seen a Christmas tree operated by Telford rotary clubs in Telford town centre surrounded by hundreds of poignant messages from loved lost relatives posted by the public and thought if it can work there surely it can work in Wolverhampton.
So the idea was born, originally called the Tree of Faith approaches were made to the Express and Star who were happy to publish the names and messages in the paper over the Christmas period.
The next move was to find a busy site to locate the tree so again the Mander centre were asked if they were interested and the rest is history.
For many years a 30 foot spruce tree was lugged down from Cannock Chase by up to a dozen burly but aged Rotarians who would spend an evening dressing it with fairy lights and presents. Six purpose made plinths were located around the tree to display the messages.
The same system has continued to date.
Up to a thousand letters are mailed out before Christmas to the public inviting messages at £5 each that will be published in the Express and star and around the tree over the Christmas period.
Over £100,000 has been raised since its inception so we could say job well done and what a good idea from two smart Rotarians.