The Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange has been granted permission by Linlithgow Town Centre BID to adopt the tree outside Linlithgow Library and tap into the lighting that adorns the tree at Christmas.  This will be designated Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light.  Linlithgow Grange Rotary is grateful to BID for their co-operation.

Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light will be illuminated for the first time on the evening of this year’s Advent Fayre, November 26.  The Tree of Light allows donors to celebrate the memories of loved ones during the Festive Season whilst, at the same time, raising funds for worthwhile causes which support others who are in need.  The name and the symbolism of Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light are reminders that there is light and hope in the bleakest circumstances.

Donor envelopes can be collected from a number of premises along the High Street (plus Mannerston’s at Cauldcoats) and sealed envelopes containing the forms along with donations can be handed into the Post Office or RGM Solicitors.  The names of loved ones will be uploaded immediately onto the dedicated website, so that it can be shared with members of the extended family wherever they are in the world and will be placed on a Roll of Dedication in the library window from November 26.

All donations received will be shared equally between three worthy causes that support those who are infirm of body or mind as well those who are their carers.  They are St Michael’s Day Centre, Maple Villa (Craigshill) and Carers of West Lothian. Additionally, money from any Gift Aid will be distributed locally by the Benevolent Fund of the Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange which is organising the project.

It is an inescapable statistic that one in every three of us will experience dementia or Alzheimer’s either directly or indirectly.  It is fitting to give what aid and support we can to those organisations that give relief to those who are carers and comfort to those who suffer.  It is fitting therefore, that the Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange has launched this project at Christmas, the season of giving.  It is hoped that Linlithgow’s Rotary Tree of Light can become an annual community-centred event.

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