The 2023 Tree of Remembrance
‘You don’t know who is important in life until you actually lose them’, and we’ve lost many dear loved ones in recent years. (Attr Mahatma Ghandi)
Rotary President David Wickins said "I do hope that the People of Pershore will be able to respond in the way they have done in previous years, despite all the international troubles. Our 2022 appeal raised nearly £4,000 and £1,320 was donated to each of Acorns Children's Hospice, Alzheimer's Society and St. Richard's Hospice. Thank you Pershore!"
As well as the donation forms in local village magazines, the Pershore Times and the Evesham Journal we will again be able to collect outside Asda and the Co-op. As always, we are very grateful to Asda and the Co-op for allowing us to collect on the Fridays and Saturdays running up to Christmas.
Sponsorship is always a big contributor to our appeal, and we look forward to Corporate Sponsors once again having their names in out listings and on our Facebook Page.
The Pershore Rotary Tree has been an annual event since the start of the millenium. Since 2000 it has raised well over £50,000 due to the generosity of the people of Pershore, who have given in memory of loved ones.
Formerly called the "Tree of Lights" it was renamed the "Pershore Rotary Tree of Remembrance" in 2020, when so many livs were lost to Covid 19.
From October up until Christmas, Pershore Rotary Club collect the donations and publish the list of names remembered. Initially it started with cash street collections, but then we started collecting through newspaper forms as well. In 2014 we started collecting online as well. The newspaper forms and online also allowed us to collect Gift Aid to boost the amount.
Each year we nominate charities to receive the collections, and Acorns Childrens Hospice, St. Richard's Hospice and Midland Air Ambulance are regular beneficiaries of the collections.