MEMBERS of the Oswestry Rotary Club council have been celebrating after it was confirmed more than £3,000 was raised for the Tree of Light appeal in 2020.

Despite being unable to fundraise with the Tree in the build-up to Christmas, the Rotary Club raised an impressive £3,402 th4rough public donations.

A spokesman for the club said they were delighted with the amount, which was announced at a recent meeting over Zoom, and explained how they money will be used.

They said: "This is a fantastic effort under the Covid-19 restrictions that prevented club members from getting out and meeting the public.

"[There will be] £500 donated to named charities with the balance being retained to support other good causes who may need the support of the club this year.

"Hope House, The Movement Centre, The Harry Johnson Trust, Oswestry & Borders Foodbank, Oswestry Young Carers and Oswestry Stroke Club will each receive £500 thanks to the appeal's loyal individual sponsors who, together with the incredible business supporters listed below, donate to this cause each year and without whose help the appeal just would not happen."

The club's business sponsors this year were David Davies & Sons, Starbuck on Management, Bowen Son & Watson, Lloyds Animal Feeds, John Osman Groundcare, DRE Accountants, Dairi-Pak, Eric Roberts (Butcher), Morris Cook Accountants, Woodhead (Oswestry) Sales & Lettings, Gillhams Deli, and Lanyon Bowdler.

Oswestry Town Council provided the tree and lights while Square One Cafe Bar, in Festival Square, provided the banner.

The appeal's Book of Remembrance will be kept in Oswestry Library.