I founded Meriden Tree Of Thought in 2005, having been a resident of The Village since April 1991.
In June of 2002,I suffered a massive stroke which left me disabled and changed my life dramatically.
After a life in the world of commerce, I felt that I wanted to do something purposeful which was within my, now limited, capabilities.
I thought it appropriate to create something special for my Village. Hence-a beautifully illuminated Christmas Tree, on The Village Green, which has over 1,500 lights.
I, then, decided that The Tree could also perform a supportive role by raising funds for the cancer care charities.
You will see under Total Raised what it has achieved to date from Christmas and fringe events.
Clearly, I would have much preferred to not have experienced the stroke but it did, somehow, inspire me to create and organise,what is arguably, the most fulfilling thing I have ever done.
My motivation became even greater when I lost my Mother, Olwyn, to bowel cancer, which was diagnosed just weeks after the first Tree in 2005. I witnessed, at that time, the wonderful work done by Macmillan Cancer Support and The Marie Curie Hospice and I became aware of the huge number of people who need their help! They, truly, make a dreadful time as bearable as is possible!
Should you wish to make a contribution, your kind thoughtfulness will most surely be appreciated by more people than most of us can begin to envisage.