Rotary in Eastbourne is a vibrant and enthusiastic organisation. Each year, the five clubs in the Borough come together to organise the Tree of Light in time for Christmas.

The special tree is erected outside the Congress Theatre and is covered in a host of white lights each one dedicated to the memory of a loved one. The importance of the tree is the comfort it gives to families and individuals throughout the area.

Five charities received a cash boost thanks to the Rotary Tree of Light event, now in its 21st year. You Raise Me Up, People Matter, Eastbourne Street Pastors, Eastbourne Blind Society and East Sussex Cruse all benefited from the £6,500 raised.

Rotarians from the four Rotary Clubs in Eastbourne were on hand at Brewers on Friday to hand over cheques to each charity. 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”.