All profits from a scheme to provide real Christmas trees to businesses and homes in the centre of Woodbridge, Suffolk are to be donated to Rays of Sunshine, a charity granting wishes to children with serious or life-limiting illnesses.
East Anglia construction firm Samuel David Construction is behind the idea – backed by Choose Woodbridge – to combine philanthrophy with transforming the Suffolk town into a winter wonderland this festive season.
Business owner Samuel Shutlar has outlined the intent to have his team deliver, decorate and hang trees for £49 each. It would involve properties along the town’s Thoroughfare, Church Street, Market Hill and New Street.
“If everyone participates, Woodbridge will look absolutely beautiful in the lead up to Christmas,” he said. “But more importantly we will collectively be making dreams come true for some very sick children.”
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 Caffé 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.”