Rotary club launches Tree of Light appeal

NBENBE111128f1, Belper tree of light appeal. Jean Patton and Irene Gilbert from Joy clarkes furnishing and Martin Drake president rotary club.
NBENBE111128f1, Belper tree of light appeal. Jean Patton and Irene Gilbert from Joy clarkes furnishing and Martin Drake president rotary club.

THE ROTARY Club of Belper and Duffield is again running its popular Tree of Light initiative for 2011 — after the success it enjoyed 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.

People can then get a poignant message inscribed in the Book of Dedications, which will be on show in the Christmas window display of the Joy Clarke soft furnishings shop on Market Place.

Last year, the appeal raised £155 for charity.

Sheilagh Harnan, of the Rotary Club, said: “The appeal got off to a good start and several Belper charities had grants from the money raised.

“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.”

Now the club wants to build on the first year’s success and raise even more.

Sheilagh continued: “The Mayor and members of Belper Town Council have again encouraged the Rotary Club to use the Market Place Christmas tree as part of the Christmas fundraising in the town.

“We are hoping to build on last year’s launch, and benefit charities and community groups in the town. “The Book of Dedications is displayed throughout the Christmas period in Joy Clarke’s, and is then placed by the tree for the Christmas Eve carol service.”

Last year, Cathy Nelson and Ian Clifford, who are brother and sister, sponsored two lights in memory of their parents, Elaine and Leslie Clifford.

Cathy, of Belper, said at the time: “Christmas is always a time of affection and I wanted to dedicate lights in memory of my parents.”

The Belper News has also linked up with the initiative. If you want to sponsor a light, fill in the coupon below 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. Alternatively, applications to sponsor a light can be dropped off at Moss Office Services, which is at the top of King Street in Belper, or sent by post to the Rotary Project Organiser, 51 Sunnyhill, Milford, Belper, DE56 OQR.

Forms will also be available at the Christmas food fair in Belper this Sunday, December 4.