We are pleased to let you know that we have so far raised £1,431.50 with our 13th annual Tree of Light campaign!
We held two switch-on events for our festive trees, which were adorned with lights to commemorate sponsors’ loved ones.
Our Manager, Annie Clewlow said: “All the funds raised will go towards our Good Neighbours network, which extends a helping hand to members of the community in our city experiencing challenging circumstances. We are here to help people live, rather than exist. This is more than just a fundraiser for us, as our Tree of Light provides a valuable public service for those who wish to remember and include those they have lost in their Christmas giving.”
The first charity light-up event of 2021 took place on Saturday, December 4 in Woolston Millennium Garden. The lights were officially switched on by the Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Jacqui Rayment. Entertainment included carol singing led by the Rising Stars music group.
The second switch-on took place on Sunday, December 5 at St Mark’s Church on Archers Road, where the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Alex Houghton flicked the switch. Prior to this, guests enjoyed activities and refreshments provided by church members.
Annie adds: “We are thrilled to have had such a good response to our project. Both switch on events were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We are very grateful to The Echo, Woolston Millennium Garden, St Mark’s Church, Spectrum Signs, the Sheriff and the Mayor for their involvement and support, and hope that everyone who passes the trees enjoys their twinkling lights”.
You can still sponsor lights up until the end of December by visiting our JustGiving page (these will now only be listed in our memorial book and on our website – not in The Echo).