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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 2017 was the 18th 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 2017 has enabled the Rotary Clubs to donate a total of £8,500 among the following: St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne Street Pastors, Memory Lane Eastbourne , East Sussex Cruse and the Salvation Army’s Rebourne Corner.

From the Children’s Respite Trust: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the five Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne for the kind donation following the success of your Rotary Tree of Light. As we receive no government funding, any and every donation is greatly appreciated. Please assure your fellow Rotarians that this money will be an enormous help to disabled children and their families who so desperately need a break across East Sussex”.

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.