The Tree of Remembrance

The messages from the 2017 Tree of Remembrance campaign can be seen by clicking on the link here.

Our Christmas Tree of Remembrance burst into light on Wednesday evening 22nd November at the Mander Centre. The Mayor of Wolverhampton unfortunately was unable to attend but his wife Asha, the Mayoress, and Deputy Mayor Phil Page stepped into the breech and performed a perfect switch on.

From L-R, Rotarian Alan Jacques, Mander Centre Manager Richard Scharenguivel, the Mayoress of Wolverhampton Asha Mattu, Rotary Club of Wolverhampton President Stuart Williams, the Deputy Mayoress Elaine Hadley-Howell and the Deputy Mayor Councillor Phil Page

The ceremony was watched by an enthusiastic collection of Rotarians and many interested shoppers. Our display stand this year is as good as it ever has been and all being well will help towards a successful campaign.

The application form for the 2017 charity campagn can be seen here. Please print and complete, then post or hand in to the address on the form. Thank you.

 

Background…..

In 2004 two very astute Wolverhampton
Rotarians had an idea of how to raise money over the Christmas period for local charities.
In fairness they had seen a Christmas tree operated by Telford rotary clubs in Telford town centre surrounded by hundreds of poignant messages from loved lost relatives posted by the public and thought if it can work there surely it can work in Wolverhampton.
So the idea was born, originally called the Tree of Faith approaches were made to the Express and Star who were happy to publ
ish the names and messages in the paper over the Christmas period.
The next move was to find a busy site to locate the tree so again the Mander centre were asked if they were interested and the rest is history.
For many years a 30 foot spruce tree was lugged down from Cannock Chase by up to a dozen burly but aged Rotarians who would spend an evening dressing it with fairy lights and presents. Six purpose made plinths were located around the tree to display the messages.
The same system has continued to date.

Up to a thousand letters are mailed out before Christmas to the public inviting messages at £5 each that will be published in the Express and star and around the tree over the Christmas period.
Over £100,000 has been raised since its inception so we could s
ay job well done and what a good idea from two smart Rotarians.