In early December, ELoH was part of a very special event: the 50 Christmas Trees in a Church festival in Dickleburgh, South Norfolk. Each tree was designed and decorated by a different group, from local businesses to children’s organisations, creating a unique and creatively festive feel.

This year, ELoH was also chosen, alongside a second charity, as the beneficiary of this year’s fundraising. And ELoH also had the honour to decorate one of the trees. In total, the wonderful festival raised £2,000 for ELoH – thank you to each and everyone who came to this festive event and donated. What a wonderful Christmas present to our child amputee beneficiaries in Africa.

Below, read the fantastic account of ELoH’s co-founder Victoria Bacon of what it was like to be part of this special event:

“Attaching a prosthetic leg, albeit a small (pretty) one to a Christmas Tree is no mean feat. I know, because it was my pre-Christmas challenge to decorate a tree, and tell the story of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope at the same time. So, on to the top went one of Pollyanna’s earliest legs, wrapped in tinsel; photographs of our dear, deserving beneficiaries were dangled from the branches; and in between were Christmassy rabbits made from old socks by Pollyanna and her Brownie friends at the 29th Abbey Brownie pack in St Albans, and also by Sapphire (Pollyanna’s sister) and her guide friends in the 9th Abbey Guides, also in St Albans.

Here is the Tree, in all its glory: AMAZINGLY, this wacky, lovely tree resulted in a staggering donation of over £2,000!  A wonderful Christmas present indeed for ELoH, which will help so many children who urgently need our help.

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Pollyanna, whose bravery the charity was inspired by, next to the ELoH Christmas Tree
Pollyanna, whose bravery the charity was inspired by, next to the ELoH Christmas Tree

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ELoH’s very special Christmas Tree on display in Dickleburgh Church

 

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The ELoH tree was one of 53 Christmas Trees on display at the annual Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church in Dickleburgh, in Norfolk, at the beginning of December last year. It was the eleventh festival, and the trees are decorated by local organisations including nursery schools, church groups and funeral directors. Every year the lights twinkle a little bit brighter, and the competition to win the prize for the most beautiful tree gets a little bit fiercer!  We didn’t quite scoop that trophy but none the less we were one of two nominated charities chosen to benefit from the kindness of visitors to the Church to see the trees. The other charity was Ormiston Families, which supports needy children in East Anglia.

Being part of this colourful, delightful, sparkling event was hugely special and we are so grateful to the Benefice in South Norfolk for choosing ELoH; thank you too, to all those who came to see the Trees – for changing young lives, and thank you too to the Brownies and Guides for your clever and delicate handy-work.”

» Read more about the children we help with the money raised at this event.

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