Lights are shining bright to remember loved ones this Christmas and to raise money for the work of three local hospices.
People in the Horncastle area were once again invited to sponsor a bulb on a tree of light in memory of a departed family member or friend.
Organised jointly by the town’s Lions and Rotary clubs, the tree was lit for the first time on Friday by the mayor of Horncastle, Angela Birchall.
She was joined at the event by some of this year’s donors, who gathered to hear the names read out of all those being remembered.
“The response to the scheme this year has exceeded expectations – with over 250 names on the tribute list,” said Rotarian Tim Peacock. “It is a project that is truly heart warming.
“Each Christmas, the tree of light provides an opportunity to remember special people who are no longer with us and, at the same time, make a donation to hospice charities that do such good work in our area.”
This year, it is thought the project will have raised in the region of £3,500.
This money will be shared between St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire Trust, St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice in Grimsby and the Butterfly Hospice Trust in Boston.
“On behalf of the two clubs, I would like to thank all those who have made donations,” added Mr Peacock.
“We are particularly grateful for the support given by the Horncastle News and by numerous local businesses.
“It means that every penny donated benefits the chosen charities.
This is the fifth year of the tree of light in Horncastle.
Over the last few years, through the generosity of donors, it has been possible for the organisers to donate £15,000 to the hospices serving the local area.
The tree of light is situated close to the town centre at Stowe Corner, at the junction of East Street and South Street.
A living Christmas tree, it was planted by the Lions Club some time ago and is growing steadily taller as each year goes by.
As always, the tree will be lit throughout the Christmas period.
The full tribute list is displayed at the foot of the tree and can be seen on the tree of light website at www.horncastletreeof light.co.uk.
The list is also available to read by clicking on the link below.