Lights of Love to brighten up Warwick’s Market Square

Lights of Love tree
Lights of Love tree

Warwick’s popular Lights of Love appeal is back in the town in the latest festive fundraiser to remember family and friends and support Myton Hospices.

The tree in Market Square is now taking memories and donations before it is illuminated on Thursday evening as part of the Victorian Evening switch-on.

Lights of Love tree

Lights of Love tree

The tree, which is organised by the Rotary Club each year, carries messages of love and remembrance from families for loved ones who have died.

Donations are now being taken in time for Thursday in hope of lighting up the town and bringing in funds for the Warwick-based hospice charity and the mayoral charities.

Last Christmas the appeal raised just under £2,000 with 300 messages and cards remembering loved ones going up within weeks.

Jackie Crampton from the Rotary Club said they hoped to keep up this success with the appeal set to take off this week and draw interest ahead of Thursday’s big switch-on.

She said: “People never forget those they have lost, but Christmas makes us aware of those that aren’t with us.

“Putting their names and a message on the tree gives us a chance to remember them and means they are part of town too.

“The tree is looking rather bare at the moment as the lights and memorial cards to those we have loved have yet to be added.”

The Rotary Club have thanked everyone who has already supported the appeal and for those who helped them reach their fundraising target last winter.

Volunteers also thanked Barns Close Nurseries who donated the tree to ensure the town event can continue for another year.

To see your special message on the tree fill in the printed form, or collect one from Warwick Post Office, Tourist Information Office, Claridges, or Torreys Hardware in West Street.

Forms can also be download here for applications over the coming weeks.