In the midst of all the Christmas frivolities and shopping rush, Lisburn’s Rotary Club and Tesco, Bentrim Road are bringing shoppers the opportunity to take a moment and remember loved ones by tying a ribbon on the Tree of Remembrance.
The 18ft tree arrived on Friday and invites shoppers to remember their loved ones with a written message which is then tied to the tree with a ribbon as a simple and poignant acknowledgment that they will be missed at this festive time of year.
While there is no charge to leave a ribbon, but shoppers are invited to donate and the funds raised will be divided between a number of charities.
Councillor Thomas Beckett, Mayor of Lisburn, launched the initiative in a beautifully festive event which saw shoppers entertained by a Brass Quartet, performing many Christmas classics.
Gary Corkin, President of the Lisburn Rotary is excited about this charitable venture.
He said: “We have a number of events and projects which we support throughout the year but this project is one which I feel is particularly important.
“Christmas is such a busy time of year for us all and we simply hope that our tree will give those aching for a loved one a small amount of comfort while at the same time helping others.
“The tree will be in position and fully manned by a team of volunteers until the 23rd December, at which point we hope to have raised somewhere in the region of £25k.”
Funds raised by the ‘Tree of Remembrance’ will be divided up entirely between the following charities; Abaana, The Children’s Cancer Unit, Love for Life, Christians Against Poverty, and Tesco’s partner charities; Diabetes , Mencap and British Heart Foundation.
Tesco Representative, Fiona McVeigh is looking forward to hosting the tree at the Bentrim Road store.
She said: “This tree is a wonderfully festive project and we are delighted that we can work with Lisburn’s Rotary Club to make this happen, I believe shoppers will enjoy the poignancy and take time out to think of the real meaning of Christmas by supporting this very worthwhile cause.