Press Release 12 Oct 2014

Rotary’s ‘Tree of Light’ to Blaze Even Brighter

A thousand extra lights have been added to Rotary’s ‘Tree of Light’ this Christmas.  “It should be an even more magical sight than in previous years,” said David Quainton, President of Keswick’s Rotarians.

Switch on time will be the early evening of Friday 21st of November, just before the Town lights are switched on, when the copper beech tree next to the Cenotaph will be illuminated for the fourth time.   At the same moment, the tree in the lower Market Square will also be illuminated.

The Switch On will follow an afternoon of activity in the town during which local schoolchildren will take part in a parade of illuminated lanterns and non-stop family entertainment will be provided from a stage in the Market Square.  Shoppers will find further attractions in the accompanying food and gift fayre.

In the last 3 years the Rotary Club has raised £15,000 for local charities by inviting the people of Keswick to sponsor a light on the Tree of Light.  Mike Murgatroyd, also of Keswick Rotary, paid tribute to the generosity of the people of Keswick in enabling the Rotary Club to make significant contributions to a range of incredibly important organisations in the area.  “We should also declare our indebtedness to the generosity of our Foundation and other Sponsors,” he said, “in helping to set up and maintain  the Tree of Light.”

This year’s nominated charities are The Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and West Cumbria Young Carers.  David Quainton said, “The Pride of Cumbria’s proud record in saving lives is well known.  Less well known is the fact that it relies entirely on public donations to run its vital service.  We chose the West Cumbria Young Carers project as the second nominated charity because it currently supports 230 carers between the ages of 5 and 18 who take on awe-inspiring responsibilities caring for relatives who are ill, disabled, elderly or who have drug or alcohol related problems.  These children and young people really deserve our help.”

Donations to the Tree of Light can be made online on or by post.  Just pick up a leaflet from the Rotary stand in Booths or cut out a form from a newspaper.  You can put the form, together with your donation, in the collection box at the Skiddaw Hotel or at the Post Office.

Your donation can celebrate a life or a special occasion for a loved one.  Your proposed name or event will be displayed, if you wish, on a board near the Tree of Light and will be published in local newspapers.  It will also appear in the Book of Celebration on the website.

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