About the Tree of Light
Thank you to all those who supported the 2020 Tree of Light with donations, messages and to our wonderful sponsors. Money is still coming in and while various lockdowns and Tier restrictions hampered us we have still raised £4800 for local causes. The Rotary Club of Gloucester launched the annual Tree of Light campaign and we hoped to raise £10,000 for four local causes. The Tree of Light gives people the opportunity to display a message for family and friends or commemorate a loved one at Christmas time.
The actual Tree of Light is a 35-40 foot high fir tree which takes pride of place in the city centre, outside Gloucester Guildhall on Eastgate Street. Decorated with over 10,000 lights and covered in ribbons sporting messages from well-wishers, the Tree of Light stands as a festive beacon to goodwill during the busy Christmas shopping period.
The Tree of Light has become a real community focus in the City Centre since its launch in 2011. More than £65,000 has been raised in that time, all for strictly local charities. Donations from our many business sponsors and generous support from members of the public have helped us make a real difference to the lives of local people.
This year, more than ever before, we needed to think of the needs of all of those whose lives have been tragically impacted by the pandemic.