Plans take root for children’s ‘garden’ of lights

A children’s memorial ‘garden’ is set to be created in Morpeth to complement the town’s first Tree of Light.

The Herald reported earlier this year that well-known charity supporter Rhona Dunn was planning to erect the fund-raising Christmas tree as her project of the year when she takes over the presidency of Morpeth Rotary Club.

It will be installed at Sanderson Arcade in November, with people giving a donation for a light in memory of a loved one. A book of remembrance would be placed alongside it, containing all the names of those commemorated and messages from their families.

Now it has been revealed that a small Christmas garden will be created in Back Riggs for children to place LED tealights in the same manner.

The Duchess of Northumberland has agreed to open the area on December 12, and it is hoped that schools will attend to lead carol singing.

All of the funds raised from the projects will be shared between the Great North Air Ambulance Service, Barnabas Safe and Sound and Cancer Research North East.

“It is going to be exciting.”

Rhona Dunn

Mrs Dunn said: “It should all be quite nice.

“The arcade has been superb in helping with the whole thing, and what really thrills me is the enthusiasm of the Rotary Club members. They have really taken to it. It is going to be exciting.”

Business are invited to sponsor the scheme and already MKM Building Supplies, Castle Carpets, Piramal Healthcare and Rickard are on board. Forms to donate a light will be available later in the year.