The Rhos-on-Sea Tree of Lights raised a record £28,000 for St David’s Hospice.

The 21st annual Tree of Lights event was held on Cayley promenade last November and December, and was supported by the Pioneer.

The actual total raised was a record £28,372.09p including tax gift aid. the tree was adorned with brand new LED low carbon digital lights with the generous sponsorship and support of Colwyn Voluntary Services Council, The Rhyl Flats Offshore Farm, Dŵr Cymru and Colwyn Town Council.

The Tree of Lights has supported St. David's Hospice since 1999 and gives people the opportunity to remember and commemorate or celebrate a special occasion each year by donating to the Hospice and sponsoring a light to shine for their loved ones.

Rotary President James Briggs said: “I appealed for support two months ago and it is right and proper to let people know what their generosity has done. As a Rotary Club, we give our sincere appreciation to the Pioneer for its sterling support and above all to its readers and many others too. Every penny donated through Rotary goes to the Hospice to maintain the vital work they do in our community.

Our new lights will help us continue for years to come and knowing it enables people to commemorate gives us so much satisfaction. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause on it's 21st. Occasion.” Since it started, the Tree of Lights has raised more than £291,000 for St.David's Hospice.

Margaret Hollings, of St David’s Hospice said: “We are very proud to work alongside the Rhos-on-Sea Rotary Club. We are extremely grateful for all their efforts over the years. Thanks to the generosity of the local community the Tree of Lights has raised an incredible amount over the years, making a real difference to the care offered by St David’s Hospice to hundreds of local families.”