Charity cash raised in St Austell as memorial tree lit up
A VERY special tree outside Holy Trinity Church, St Austell, was illuminated in memory of loved ones.
The Rotary Club of St Austell Bay Tree of Light Appeal is now in its 11th year and invites people to sponsor a light on the tree and make a donation in memory of a loved one.
The evening provides a moment of reflection with a special service before the lights are switched on.
Club president Alan Bennett, said: "The evening went extremely well and there were more people than expected.
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"The purpose of the appeal, which has now run for the past 11 years, is to give all those who have been bereaved somewhere where they can remember loved ones.
"But it also raises money for charities because they make a donation to have a light."
He said local businesses were particularly supportive of the cause and all the money raised will be donated to Cornwall Hospice Care's Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and other local charities and good causes.
Mount Charles Band led the carol singing outside the church before the service, and St Austell mayor Steve Double was in attendance.
Prior to the switch-on of the Tree of Light, the Reverend Mike Marshall led the special family service.
The names of all those loved ones being remembered will also be included in a Book of Remembrance, which will be on view in the church now and throughout next year.
The appeal usually raises between £2,500 and £3,000.