Tree of Light Put Away for Another Year 1

THE Rotary Club of Oswestry’s Christmas Tree of Light Appeal for 2016 was wrapped up last month when the final distributions of donations were made.

After an early Christmas gift of £200 raised by the Club from the collection and sale of their old and unwanted foreign currency, a further £600 was presented to the Midland Air Ambulance Charity from the Tree of Light Appeal recently when members visited the MAA base at RAF Cosford to meet some of the pilots and see for themselves the helicopters supported by the charity.

President Ian Haigh said “It is an invaluable service that we have in the Midlands. The fast and targeted reponse to incidents mean that lives can be saved and injuries controlled giving accident victims the best outcome possible if they are attended by the Air Ambulance. We can all see the benefits of the public’s support for this essential charity.”

The final distribution was to the Oswestry Unit of St John Ambulance which has been raising funds to purchase and equip a mobile First Aid treatment unit to be used when they attend events. The Tree of Light donation has been used to purchase the table and chairs for the unit where patients can sit and be treated. The balance will be used to purchase a flag to signal the presence of the First Aid post which is now on order.

The Rotary Club of Oswestry thanks the Tree of Light’s donors and event sponsors for their support and generosity which allowed over £6,000 to be donated to local charities from the 2016 appeal.

Pictured: Presentation to the MAA (L-R) Denzil Ellis, Mike Jones and President Ian Haigh with MAA pilots

Presentation to St John Ambulance (L-R) President Ian Haigh, St John Cadet Eleanor Kinloch, Tree of Light Organiser Mike Jones, Rotary Treasurer Dave Davies and Jason Aymes Unit Manager of the Oswestry Unit of St John Ambulance