Memorial tree will benefit charities

Ted Jackson and Maria Harrison at the Remembrance tree
Ted Jackson and Maria Harrison at the Remembrance tree

PEOPLE can remember their loved ones by taking part in a festive fundraiser in aid of a number of worthy causes.

Hartlepool Rotary Club has joined forces with the Place in the Park cafe, in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool, to erect a Christmas remembrance tree inside the cafe for the second year in succession.

People will be able to make a donation in exchange for a bauble and tag that they can write a personal message on and then place on the 12ft-tall tree as a tribute to a lost loved one.

Organiser and rotary club member Ted Jackson, 71, of Amble Close, Hartlepool, said: “Remembrance trees are ideal at this time of year for remembering our special loved ones.

“I think it is a really lovely time for people to come and pay tribute to those loved ones who are sadly no longer with us, and it is a great way for the people in the community to do that and to celebrate their lives.”

All proceeds from the remembrance tree will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and various local charities throughout the year.

Maria Harrison, 45, who runs the Place in the Park cafe, said: “It is double-barrelled really, as it helps people in the community and raises money for good causes.

“People are very generous and last year it did raise quite a lot of money for a very worthy cause.”

The remembrance tree is on display now and will remain in the cafe until December 23.

The Place in the Park cafe is open all week from 10am until 6pm, and anyone wanting more information can contact Maria Harrison on (01429) 405573.