Market Drayton's Tree of Light appeal brings community together
Every year the Rotary Club of Market Drayton, Shropshire, has raised thousands from its annual Tree of Light Christmas appeal.
A Christmas tree, donated by a local business, has been put up every year outside the village supermarket. Local people sponsor the lights through the charity’s MyDonate page and can leave dedications, which are then displayed on boards around the tree.
Since 1997 the tree has been a symbol of both Christmas and personal remembrance for the village of Market Drayton as well as an opportunity to raise money for local causes.
Giving back to the community
Money raised from this year’s Tree of Light appeal will support the Severn Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society. In addition, the club also uses the funds for other projects during the year including providing dictionaries for local primary school children and sending young people on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award - an outbound style activity week to develop confidence and leadership skills.
MyDonate is safe and easy to use
This year the club has ventured into online fundraising for the first time. Thanks to MyDonate, the club is now able to accept online credit and debit card donations.
Speaking on behalf of the Rotary Club, David Edwards said: “I came across MyDonate through other fundraisers and was attracted to the safe function, ease of use and the knowledge that all the donations will reach our collection without charge. This is the first year we have been able to accept credit card donations, and the first year we have gone online which we are linking to a complete relaunch of our website.”