BELPER’S Christmas tree is quickly lighting up with poignant memories of lost loved ones.
The Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield’s Tree of Light initiative is proving just as popular as it was last year.
Using Belper’s Christmas tree on Market Place, the appeal raises money for good causes and charity projects in the town and from further afield.
It does so by asking people to sponsor one of the tree’s festive lights in memory of a loved one or to mark a special anniversary.
It costs £5 to sponsor a light. The price also includes a poignant message being inscribed in the Book of Memories, which is on show in the Christmas window display of the Joy Clarke soft furnishings shop on Market Place.
Already, a number of people have sponsored lights.
Gail and David Ashley, of Belper, have decided that donating to the Tree of Light appeal and having a memorial message inscribed in the book is a “lovely way to remember our mothers”.
They said: “It is always nice to remember loved ones, but our mothers both loved Christmas — especially getting together round the tree.
“Our grandchildren will be able to see the book and we are delighted that it will be at the Christmas Eve service.”
Elizabeth Mary Shallcross, of Belper, has sponsored a light in memory of her beloved husband Richard Allin Shallcross.
She said: “It is for my dearly loved husband who sadly died on December 29, 2010, aged 86.”
Also sponsoring a light is Eva Ryan, of Belper.
She is remembering her parents Kuno and Alison Paltiel.
Eva said: “It is in memory of our special parents who are loved and missed every day.”
Last year’s appeal raised £155 for good causes.
Sheilagh Harnan, of the Rotary Club, said: “Many people felt that this was an opportunity to express a special remembrance, and were impressed that the money would go to help community groups and individuals within Belper.”
The Belper News has linked up with the initiative. If you want to sponsor a light, fill in the coupon on Page 11 and send it, with a cheque only for £5, to our office at 27 Grosvenor Road, Ripley, DE5 3JE, or pop it in our Community Postbox at the News Corner newsagents at the top of King Street, Belper.
Also, applications can be dropped off at Moss Office Services, which is at the top of King Street, or sent to Rotary Project Organiser, 51 Sunnyhill, Milford, Belper, DE56 0QR.