The annual Tree of Light, which is covered in white lights and ribbons in memory of the town’s loved ones, will be taking its place outside the Congress Theatre on December 7.
This Christmas will be the 15th year that a tree has been erected by the five Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne, and it brings comfort to families and individuals who want to take time to remember someone special to them.
The tree also helps to raise money for a number of charities and over the last 14 years more than £70,000 has been donated to charities.
Each person dedicating a light is invited to write a message which is put in a book of remembrance and placed in Eastbourne Library available for viewing throughout the year and all dedications are on the website Eastbournetreeoflight.co.uk.
The event is sponsored by local businesses and last year £6,500 was donated – beneficiaries were East Sussex CRUSE (Bereavement Care). The Salvation Army, St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Caudwell Children.
David Barker, fundraising chair of East Sussex CRUSE, said, “Words cannot express how delighted I was to receive the very generous cheque from the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne. To say thrilled would be an under-statement.”
The dedication service will be held at 4pm with readings, a choir and the Salvation Army Band.
Dedications can be made online, by completing forms – which are being distributed locally – or on the day at the Congress Theatre.
Rotarian Melanie Adams said, “This is a very special event and moving for all of us involved.”
Sponsors include PJ Skips, Brewers, Town Property, The Rattonians, Pomodoro Mozzarella, Darley Training, The Lansdowne Hotel and town Rotary clubs.