THE Tree of Light 2020 may have been different this year due to Lockdown.

But the tree was still there for the community and the service was held virtually.

It is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne: “We are delighted to share that we raised £8,100 from the Tree of Light and are truly grateful for all the donations we received from so many at this difficult time. Thank you so much.”

The money has gone to:

Children With Cancer Fund

Beachy Head Chaplaincy

Salvation Army

Matthew 25 Mission

Homes for Homeless

RNLI

Defiant Sports

East Sussex CRUSE.

In these difficult times it was more important than ever to ensure that our community had a Tree of Light and this year the tree stood tall covered in a host of white lights outside the Congress Theatre.

Although Rotary was unable to hold its usual dedication ceremony due to Covid restrictions there was a video made with messages from our MP Caroline Ansell, Mayor Steve Wallis and poems read by Rotarians and music from The Rattonians.

Ribbons were sent to supporters to write their messages on and returned to Rotarian Melanie Adams who is co-ordinating the process.

She said: “Despite the difficulties faced by our local businesses, we are so grateful to our sponsors who have continued to contribute to this event and their generosity.”

They are Brewers, Pomodoro Mozzarella, The Beacon, The Langham Hotel, Chatfields Jewellers, The Eastbourne Herald, Town Property, PJ Skips, The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Signtek, Life Media, The Lansdowne Hotel, Stephen Rimmer Solicitors, Eastbourne Miniature Railway, Sussex Legal Services, Hastings Direct, Lotus Labels, Gradient Consultants, WSI, The Rattonians, LMDB Accountants, Lodestone Financial Planning, Bournefree and all The Eastbourne Rotary Clubs.

The film is ready to share on The Eastbourne Tree of Light website at Eastbourne Tree of Light – Remember a Loved One this Christmas

Rotary is committed to ensuring we can remember our loved ones on our Christmas Tree this year and hopefully next year we will be able to all be back together again.