Memories light up the season

Morpeth Rotary Club launches the 2016 Tree of Light.
Morpeth Rotary Club launches the 2016 Tree of Light.

People are lighting up Christmas in memory of lost loved ones.

The Morpeth Rotary Club Tree of Light gives people the chance to sponsor a light on the tree in Sanderson Arcade.

Morpeth Rotarians Tony Stubbs, Alex Swailes, Michael Duffy, Alan Barron (hidden) and Peter Scott at the switching-on of the Tree of Light in Sanderson Arcade.

Morpeth Rotarians Tony Stubbs, Alex Swailes, Michael Duffy, Alan Barron (hidden) and Peter Scott at the switching-on of the Tree of Light in Sanderson Arcade.

A book lists all who have donated and those they have commemorated.

People can give until December 31 and, until then, Rotarians will be manning the tree every day from noon to 2pm.

The proceeds from the project will go to the Alan Shearer Activity Centre, for children with special needs; CHUF, the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital; and CONTACT Mental Health, a local Morpeth charity which operates a drop-in centre.

Last year the Tree of Light made more than £3,000 for charities and has raised more than £500 already this year.

The following people have donated so far:

Mr & Mrs LA & AL Bridley; Mr IM Bee; Mrs SA Fitton; Mr & Mrs P Forsythe; Mrs T Gartland; Mr J Grenfell; Mrs A Leitch; Mrs GA Thompson; Mr & Mrs N & W Barker; Mrs CA Beattie; Mrs LJB Bell; Rev & Mrs G & M Brigham; Mr & Mrs MP Colquitt; Mrs RS Dawson; Mrs T Farrier; Mrs B Gay; Mr & Mrs A & M Graham; Mrs JH Howe; Mrs PD Hughes; Mrs G King; Miss BL Landells; Mrs E Lewins; Mrs E I McMillan; Mrs P Martin; Miss NH Mayhew; Mr GJ Morgan.

Mr R Muir; Mr & Mrs J Pedersen; Mrs C Pryer; Mr D Sanderson; Mr R Shotton; Mr R Shotton; Mr D Skuse; Mr & Mrs A & A Swailes; Miss EMM McHenry; M & R Digweed; Mrs B Hedley; Mr & Mrs I & G Hunter; EMM McHenry; Mr C Marklew; Mrs KE Moffat; Mrs W Moffatt; Miss J Pringle; Miss HR Richardson; Mrs P Simms; Mrs J Smith; Mrs VE Sproat; Mr J Stewart; Mrs M Stewart.