THE proceeds of the Ellesmere Rotary Club Tree of Light appeal for 2021 have been distributed between two groups in the town this week.
With £1,640 raised by people in the town, the club split the amount equally between Ellesmere Carnival Committee, to help with the costs of the 2022 Carnival, and the Oswestry and Borders branch of the Trussell Trust Food Bank, which covers the area.
President Derek Clifford presented the donations to Pearl Allum, from the Carnival Committee and to Liz Jermy, project manager at Oswestry and Borders Food Bank.
A spokesman said: “Pearl explained to members that fund raising during the pandemic had been very difficult and the Rotary donation would go a long way towards covering the resultant shortfall.
“Liz informed members about the extensive geographical area that her branch is responsible for (including parts of Powys, Wrexham and through Shropshire as far as Burlton) and the pressures of increased foodbank use in our area as a result of the pandemic.”
Tree of Light co-ordinator, Bob McBride, added: “Ellesmere Rotary is very grateful to the good-hearted people of Ellesmere, who have used the Tree of Light as a conduit for supporting our community life so generously.
“From the People for the People.”
Mr Clifford also announced that Ellesmere Rotary will hold a fundraising musical evening in support of Hope House at the Comrades Club, Ellesmere on Saturday, March 19 at 7.30pm.
The event will feature the Shrewsbury Concert Band, and tickets can be obtained from the Comrades Club for £7.
He also said that preparations for the 2022 Ellesmere Rotary Regatta were progressing well and that teams should apply for entry forms from Regatta Committee chairman, Geoff Corfield, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org