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Eastbourne Tree Of Light


The Christmas tree outside the Congress Theatre always looks a little different to others around the town, that is because it is a special tree, a “Tree of Light” covered in a host of white lights and dressed with white ribbons in memory of loved ones.

December 2018 was the 20th year that a tree has been erected by Rotary in Eastbourne and it brought comfort to families and individuals throughout the area as well as raising money for local charities. The tree is not just about raising money but giving service to the people of Eastbourne, a beautiful tree and a special place to come and remember someone special.

Each person dedicating a light is invited to write a message which is put in a book of remembrance and placed in Eastbourne Library for people to view through the year or on this website set up to support the tree.

Rotary would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors past and present. Their generosity in 2018 has enabled the Rotary Clubs to donate a total of £7,000 among the following: The Salvation Army’s Rebourne Corner Day Centre, The Matthew 25 Mission, Linking Lives, the Citizens Advice Bureau and East Sussex Cruse.

Rotarian Melanie Adams said, “I would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors and supporters whose generosity has enabled the Rotary Clubs to make these donations to such worthwhile charities working in our local community”.

Pictured are representatives of the various charities and a selection of sponsors and Rotarians at this year’s presentation to the charities. For more images click here.