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Christmas Trees – raising funds for ‘Ray of Sunshine’

News ArticleChristmas Trees – raising funds for ‘Ray of Sunshine’


Homes and businesses in Woodbridge are being urged to join a fundraising effort for sick children this Christmas.

The premises that line the Thoroughfare, Church Street, Market Hill and New Street are being invited to purchase a £49 Christmas tree from Samuel David Construction.

The company will then deliver and hang each ready-lit tree above the doorways and shop fronts along the route, donating all profits to Ray of Sunshine, a charity that grants wishes to children with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

Samuel Shutlar, who runs Samuel David Construction said: “If everyone participates, Woodbridge will look absolutely beautiful in the lead up to Christmas.

“But more importantly we will collectively be making dreams come true for some very sick children.”

(Left to Right) Samuel Shutlar (Samuel David Construction), Mayor Clare Perkins, Jade Chadwick (Samuel David Construction), David Ives (John Ives Footwear) and Jill Barrett (Barretts of Woodbridge)

The plan has the full support of Choose Woodbridge with a number of our members already signed up.

Chairman James Lightfoot said: “Woodbridge is a town with a thriving community which loves to come together to celebrate Christmas in style. This is just another example of how our members will put smiles on faces and bring joy, laughter and delight to many.”

The Christmas Tree programme was launched by Town Mayor, Councillor Clare Perkins at Barretts of Woodbridge. The Mayor has arranged for a large tree to be placed between Barretts and Café Nero on the Thoroughfare.

She said: “To see a Christmas tree adorning every building in the heart of Woodbridge will be wonderful but what is even more heartwarming is that Samuel David are doing something truly special for a group of children who might have otherwise had a miserable time this Christmas.”

Ray of Sunshine will use all the money raised to give children the chance to forget their illness and do something they could only dream of.

A spokesman for the charity said it was thrilled with the Woodbridge fundraiser.

“Wishes make a child feel extra-special and bring them hope and happiness,” he said. “They also provide families with treasured memories of happy times to look back on.

“We believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day.”