Oswestry Rotary Club’s Tree of Light Appeal 2019 will be launched by the Switch On of the Christmas Tree lights by Oswestry Town Council’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Mr John Price and Mrs Joyce Barrow, at 5:00pm on Friday 29th November on Festival Square with music for carols and festive songs beforehand by the Band and Choir of The Marches School.

After many years of valued support by Sainsbury’s supermarket the Tree of Light will this year, by arrangement with Oswestry Town Council, be sited on Oswestry’s Festival Square next to Pickles Card and Gift Shop where the Book of Remembrance will be kept throughout the appeal.

The Rotary Club of Oswestry has run this annual appeal around this time for over 20 years to raise funds to support local charities. Members of the public may commemorate a significant event in their lives by lighting a bulb on their Tree of Light for a minimum donation of £5.00.

Donors may mark happy events such as a marriage, the safe birth of a child or even a graduation or new job to share their good fortune with others.  Many donors take the opportunity to mark the sad passing of a loved one by recording their name in a Book of Remembrance.

Everyone is invited to come along to the Switch On, join in the festive singing and get the appeal off to a great start so please mark the 29th November in your diary and go along – the more the merrier!

If you would like to donate to the appeal you may download a Sponsor Form from the Club’s website and return it, together with your cheque, to the the address on the form or sponsor via the Club’s Virgin Money Giving website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/TreeofLight2019 – all details can be found on www.rotarycluboswestry.co.uk.  You will also be able to donate beforehand when Oswestry Rotary Club members carry out a street collection on Saturday 23rd November to publicise the appeal.

Last year the appeal raised over £6,000 and supported 11 local charities.  With the support of their business sponsors, including to date Oswestry Life, Lloyd’s Animal Feeds Ltd, Dairi-Pak Ltd, Lanyon Bowdler, Starbuck Management, Bowen Son & Watson, Morris Cook & Co, David Davies & Sons, D.R.E Accountants, E.C.Hollywell, Woodhead Sales and Letting and Select A Skip UK Ltd and the many members of the general public who generously sponsor a light, they hope to beat that figure this year.

This year the appeal will support Severn Hospice, Carers Trust 4 All (for Young Carers in Oswestry), The Movement Centre, Oswestry Stroke Club and The Midlands Air Ambulance.