Christmas trees raise funds for Isle of Wight charities

Geoff Waddington, Diane Woodhouse, Moose Kemp, Bernie Kemp, Roger Denness and Emily Waters

The 2023 Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival raised more than £6,000, with donations going to charitable causes across the Island.

The total does not include collections in charity pots beside the trees at Isle of Wight Pearl, or funds collected for Mountbatten Hospice, at the ‘Lights of Love’ concert, and the concert supporting SWAY and Brighstone Primary School which closed the festival.

Organisers, Emily Waters and Diane Woodhouse, said: “We are very grateful for the overwhelming support received from the community leading up to, during, and following the festival, particularly amidst the ongoing cost of living crisis.

“Reviving the festival after a hiatus during Covid presented significant challenges, but our first-year ambition was to learn and shape the festival’s future. Witnessing people rejoining the community, and embracing the spirit of Christmas, has been truly magical.”

There was a special donation to Vectis Vintage Tractor & Engine Club, the festival’s chosen charity, along with the IW Prostate Cancer Support Group..

This year’s festival will take place from December 5-8.