A tree-mendous charity display

Happy days: The Royal British Legion women's section tree
Happy days: The Royal British Legion women's section tree

St Thomas’s Church in Garstang has been transformed this week by a festival which spreads a Christmas message of goodwill and caring for neighbours near and far.

The church is the venue for a week long Christmas Tree Festival which continues until Saturday.

It has turned a spotlight on 17 local charities and organisations with 17 specially decorated trees –including one in memory of young cardiac victim Adam Swanick.

Adam’s tree will raise funds for the CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) charity.

Festival helper and deputy churchwarden Mary Medcalf said: “People have commented how nice all the trees are and how nice it is to give to charity at Christmas.

“We’re still welcoming visitors – the more the merrier.”

Mrs Judith Holmes, church member and British Heart Foundation supporter, said: “The charities are part of our community.

“There’s a wonderful lot of people in Garstang who work for all the local charities and it brings them together. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate part of Christmas.”

The festival is open from 11am until 4pm and admission is £3 for adults.

Visitors are given two £1 tokens to donate to the tree/charity of their choice. Admission is free for accompanied children.

The trees include ones decorated with a red poppy theme by the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, a decorative hearts tree by the British Heart Foundation and a food themed tree by The WRVS Luncheon Club.

There’s also a chance to sponsor overseas projects including the Sunday school’s sponsor a child in Uganda and The Lanes’ Veterinary practice’s ‘Send a Cow’ tree.