Christmas trees raise funds for charities at St Edmundsbury Cathedral tree festival

Bury St Edmunds Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival''Pictured: Meg Clibbon (Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival Commitee) and Mary Bolton (Who helped make this tree - The hand in hand club)
Bury St Edmunds Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival''Pictured: Meg Clibbon (Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival Commitee) and Mary Bolton (Who helped make this tree - The hand in hand club)

St Edmnundsbury Cathedral has held its first ever Christmas Tree Festival with 24 charities decorating trees donated by Elveden Estate.

Staged at the weekend charities were invited to decorate a tree and enjoy the proceeds of the event which was generously supported by local businesses.

A competition was staged for visitors to vote for their favourite tree by dropping coins into a special pot with the charity gaining the most money in its pot receiving a prize. The tree decorated by the National Autistic Society won this.

There was also a special tree for children to decorate and a tree where people could leave prayers and messages for loved ones.

Refreshments were served in the Cloisters and the Refectory throughout the two days including mulled wine and mince pies,

Some 28 businesses and private individuals sponsored the event.

Sarah Friswell, press officer for the cathedral said: “We had just over 400 visitors to the Christmas Tree Festival and received many positive comments.

It was great to work with local charities and businesses. We haven’t got a final figure yet on profit but it looks like it will be around £2,000, which will be divided amongst the participating charities.”

Pictured are Meg Clibbon who helped organise the festival and Mary Bolton from the Hand in Hand club which created this tree