Tree of Light News 2012

 

Keswick Rotary Club handed out £5000 on Thursday 21st February 2013 to the beneficiaries of its Lake District Tree of Light.

The four charities that benefited were the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance, Lake District Calvert Trust, St John Ambulance – Keswick branch, and Keswick Out of School Club.

The cheques were presented after a buffet lunch at the club’s regular meeting place, the Skiddaw Hotel, and town mayor Andrew Lysser attended.

Past Pres. Doug Lowther, chairman of the Tree of Light appeal said: ‘This is only the second year and again it has proved to be a great success. The Tree of Light is well supported by the public and businesses in the town and we hope that it will go from strength to strength’.

The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance will use the money for general running costs as it costs £2500 every time it is called out.

The Calvert Trust will use the money to help pay for a replacement rescue boat that will cost over £20,000. The Calvert Trust is the chosen Charity of Rotary’s District Governor this year and it is hoped that with the support of other Rotary Clubs in the North West the full cost will be raised.   

Keswick Out of School will use cash to help pay for outings for the children and St John Ambulance will use it to replace equipment which has a limited life and is very expensive.

When the Tree of Light was lit on the 9th November, 12 Keswick Army Cadets helped to do a bucket collection among those who went to see the Tree of Light and the towns' Christmas Lights being turned on. To thank them, the Rotary Club made a donation to their funds – the money will be used towards buying equipment.

Following the cheque presentation, mayor Andrew Lysser thanked Keswick Rotary Club for the work and support it had given to Keswick over the years. He said that

Rotary 'punched well above its weight' and could not have chosen more “noble causes” to benefit from the Tree of Light. He thanked members for having thought of the Tree of Light and for the magnificent support that the Club had given to Keswick Town Council and the town's Christmas Lights Event.

 

Checque presentation February 2013 

 

Photo - DONATIONS: Keswick Rotary Club President Peter Campion (left) with town mayor Andrew Lysser (third from right) and some of the beneficiaries from the 2012-2103 Tree of Light. Left to right are Elaine Weightman of Keswick Out of School Club; Lynn Healey, Business Manager of the Calvert Trust; Mayor Linda Johnston, Army Cadet Force Company Commander; Mike Armfield of St John Ambulance, Keswick; and Stacy Hucker, public relations officer for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

 

The Lake District Tree of Light

The Mayor, Olympic Torch Bearers and the winner of the painting competition

The Mayor, Olympic Touch Bearer and Members of the School’s Choir.

The Town Cryer and Members of the Keswick Cadet's who collected money on the night.

Rotary Helpers

 

 


 

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