A tree of remembrance to honour loved ones at Christmas has raised more than £20,000 in Limavady over the last four years.
Last year alone nearly £7,000 via donations was raised through The Rotary Club of Limavady Christmas Tree of Remembrance, and shared jointly between the Salvation Army and The St. Vincent de Paul.
Limavady Rotary Club President, Glen Reilly said: “The Christmas Tree of Remembrance is now forming an integral part of the whole Christmas experience in Limavady, and a lot of people actively seek us out so that the name of their loved one can go up on the tree.”
Members of the Rotary Club man the tree, located at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre. Yellow ribbons are provided to members of the public who are then able to write the name of a loved one who has passed away.
“At the end of last year, there were thousands of yellow ribbons attached safely to the Christmas tree, all of them representing a precious memory,” said Mr Reilly. “The writers of the ribbons are invited to make a donation and as a result of this, a fabulous amount of money is raised every year for these two local charities.”
Volunteers will man the tree from Friday December 11 until Christmas Eve. The Rotary Club thanked staff and management of Tesco who allow the club to kick start the collection campaign by handing out ribbons inside a supermarket for a few days before the tree is manned. The two-week marathon starts with a short religious service and ends with the dedication of the ribbons.
“A lot of schools are getting involved this year in this very special project. Please remember to call at the tree in December to enable the great work of St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army to continue in Limavady, and also to remember a loved one,” Mr Reilly added.