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Video: Lisburn Rotary Club's Christmas tree helps people remember loved ones

A Christmas tree of Remembrance has been lit up outside Tesco's in Lisburn to give people the chance to write a personal message on a coloured ribbon and tie it on the tree, to remember loved ones who are no longer with us.

The event, set up by Lisburn Rotary Club and Tesco is an opportunity to remember what Christmas is really all about, family and friends and the season of giving.

Councilor Thomas Beckett and Mayor of Lisburn officially launched this special festive event on Friday 11 December and was joined by shoppers, both young and old who all had their own stories to share about their loved ones, who have passed.

Gary Corkin, President of the Lisburn Rotary Club said: “We have a number of events and projects which we support throughout the year but this project is on 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.”

There is no charge to put a ribbon on the ‘Tree of Remembrance’, however, shoppers are invited to leave a small donation and the money raised will be split between a number of local charities.

The charities that benefit from this event are Abaana, Mencap, Love for Life, Christians Against Poverty, Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Hospital and Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Tesco Representative, Fiona McVeigh 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.”

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