The Rotary Club of the City of Wolverhampton has been organising the Tree of Remembrance in the City centre since Christmas 2003. In that time over £100,000 has been raised for City charities while, at the same time, providing local people the opportunity to remember lost loved ones in their Christmas celebrations.
Since Christmas 2019, the world had changed and history books will record 2020 as the first modern global pandemic. Restrictions introduced as part of the campaign to contain the virus impacted on every-day life, including the staging of the annual Tree of Remembrance. A re-think was required and the citizens of Wolverhampton along with key supporters came to the rescue!
The Memories Live On was born.
Statement below from Rotarian Mike Colley who headed up the team responsible for the “virtual” basis for 2020;
We would like to thank our supporters for tremendous response this year to the Tree of Remembrance , it has been held in the City centre each Christmas since 2003, raising over £100,000 for local causes.
This year’s Covid-19 restrictions meant that we could not have a physical presence in the centre to display the fondly-remembered names. The only continuing factor in the arrangements was the vital under-pinning of the event provided by the Express & Star in publishing the names and messages.
Everything else had to be re-thought from scratch. Instead of a post box and display plinths in the Wulfrun Centre, we went virtual. This meant the use of a PO Box and the display of names and messages on the Club website.
The remembrance names that were entered during November and Decvember of 2020 will remain until November 2021 under the title “The Memories live on “.
To see the list of those being remembered, CLICK HERE
Despite these profound changes from the accustomed format, the Tree raised £4,675, which has been distributed to The Haven, Compton Care, The MS Therapy Centre and the Rotary Charitable Trust, all of whose fund-raising activities have been severely impacted by the effect of Covid restrictions.
That this could be achieved is a remarkable tribute to the support of the people of Wolverhampton and surrounding areas, who were determined to still send in their messages, and also to the support of our sponsors Peter Posh Suit Hire, FBC Manby Bowdler, Millers Jewellers and The James Beattie Charitable Trust.
We are deeply indebted to them all for their generosity in very difficult circumstances, and the benefitting charities join us in expressing sincere thanks.
City of Wolverhampton Rotary Club
Charities for 2020
The charities bennefitting from the 2020 Memories Live On campaign were Compton Care, The Haven Wolverhampton, The MS Therapy Centre and The Rotary Charitable Trust, and we have set out below a brief background to each of them.
Compton Care provides care and support for patients living with incurable conditions and their families. It has been running in Wolverhampton for over 36 years and offers round the clock expert care in its in-patient unit as well as caring for people in their own homes. Members of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton were involved in the original concept of providing a hospice in the city for the terminally ill, and worked together with others to turn the dream into reality. Since the Hospice was opened it has touched the lives of many in our city. The Hospice has for over 30 years provided excellent care for local people suffering from a life-limiting illness.
For more information please visit www.comptoncare.org.uk
The Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, from its base in Newbridge, for over thirty years has provided support for Multiple Scelerosis sufferers, not only from Wolverhampton, but also those from a wide area beyond the city.The treatment, provided by a volunteer team, is based upon the provision of high level oxygen which many sufferers find brings a measure of welcome relief from the effects of this debilitating condition. The benefits of exposure to oxygen have also been found to relieve discomfort, or accelerate healing, in cases of ulcers, diabetes, sports injuries and some cancers.As well as the Oxygen treatment, Physiotherapy and Reflexology treatment are available and the Centre also provides a very important opportunity for patients to share thoughts and experiences, in a relaxed social environment.
For more information, please visit www.mscentre.co.uk
The Haven provides a range of support services to help develop practical and emotional skills, rebuild confidence, overcome past trauma and assist in moving forward to a life free from abuse. Services include a 24/7 telephone helpline and live chat support; a range of emergency accommodation and safe housing supporting over 150 women and children; community support for families:, court advocacy; children’s dedicated services; financial inclusion, benefits and immigration support; resettlement and life-skills and counselling and holistic therapies.
For more information please visit: www.havenrefuge.org.uk
The Rotary Charitable Trust is a registered charity set up by Rotary Club of The city of Wolverhampton in order to handle monies raised on behalf of others. These funds are kept very strictly apart from the club’s own funds. Each year the Charitable Trust typically generates in the order of £50,000 for the benefit of needy causes.The funds are raised by the club’s 50 members from a variety of activities and all sums raised are paid over to those benefitting without the deduction of any costs.Many of the charities and organisations which benefit are based within our own City, some are national, while others fulfil needs across the world.
If you would like to know more about the Rotary Club of the City of Wolverhampton and the Rotary movement in general- CLICK HERE
If you would like to make a donation to be shared by these charities, without including the name of someone to be remembered –please CLICK HERE