Christmas is a time of celebration for most but it can bring sadness and loneliness to many.
In the weeks ahead, many will experience these feelings acutely – young and old.

There is an African proverb that says –

“As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever”.

This is the motivation behind the Linlithgow Rotary Tree of Light, now in its eighth year.

First and foremost, the Rotary Tree of Light is a tree of remembrance — of a life fondly remembered — and a beacon of light and hope in the bleakest of circumstances for some who look on Christmas with trepidation and even despair. The numerous people who have made a Tree of Light dedication in the past have found the “speaking of the loved one’s name” consoling, even cathartic.

But the Rotary Tree of Light is also a tree of celebration — perhaps to celebrate a milestone event such as a birthday, a significant anniversary or a new life begun, even a new generation for a family.

There will be many personal reasons to make dedications.

By making a donation, and for those that wish it, the names of the people who are to be acknowledged and the tributes written will be displayed on panels encircling the base of the tree at The Cross as well as on this dedicated Tree of Light website, so that it can be shared with family and friends wherever they are.

This year, we are delighted that Linlithgow’s Tree of Light is once again being placed at The Cross – at the very heart of the community – thanks to the generous co-operation of the local Linlithgow Councillors and West Lothian Council Officers.

The generous donations of our corporate sponsors (Alan Steel Asset Management, Pacitti Jones, Stewart Electrical and Cala Homes) cover all the running costs, so every penny of every pound collected during the campaign goes directly to benefit three charities working locally –

  • supporting disadvantaged children and their families, and
  • supporting those suffering from dementia and providing relief for their families and carers, and
  • providing counselling and bereavement support services for those in need

Details of the Beneficiaries are shown on this page here > > > >

Details of how to make a dedication and donation are shown on this page here > > > >