The winners of Chester Cathedral’s 2019 Christmas Tree Festival have been announced with Special Needs Care and ‘Girl Guiding, Cheshire Forest’ scooping the top prizes.
The festival, which returned for its seventh year in 2019, ran from November through to January 2020 and featured more than 50 majestic Christmas trees decorated by schools and businesses from across Chester & Cheshire.
Chester Cathedral welcomed over 37,000 visitors during the five week period of the festival and more than 3,000 votes were cast in the festival’s favourite tree ballot!
The winners were presented with an engraved trophy and received passes for the Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens.
The festival raised over £9,000 for chosen charities Stick ‘n’ Step and Adoption Matters, and brings the total raised by the Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival for charities to-date to £52,700.
Adoption Matters Chief Executive, Norman Goodwin CBE comments:
“We were delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary charity of this wonderful event which we have been part of for the last three years. We are very grateful for this donation which will help support many more families and children through their adoption journey.”
Jenny Snell, Head of Fundraising at Stick ‘n’ Step, said:
“We were absolutely delighted to be selected as one of the charity recipients for this year’s Festival and overwhelmed with the success of the event. One in four hundred children born in the UK has some form of cerebral palsy so there is a huge need for support both for them and their families. It costs £5,500 to cover the cost of just one child accessing our services for a year, this level of support from Chester Cathedral will contribute significantly to funding one of the 100 children’s places we provide across our two centres.”
Dean of Chester, The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, said:
“The 2019 Christmas Tree Festival brought our year of ‘ aves’ to a very apt end. The participating schools and businesses, having been invited to incorporate elements of recycling or sustainability to their trees, did exceptionally well without compromising the quality of their tree.
We were blessed to have conservation artist Jacha Potgieter help the festival with his ‘Christmas Tree for Life’ installation which certainly grabbed Chester’s attention, and got people thinking more carefully about their use of plastic.
The festival will be back next year – and we already have reservations for 2020 trees!” he concludes.
Schools and businesses wishing to reserve a Christmas Tree should contact Sue Petranca at Chester Cathedral on 01244 500961 or email@example.com to get involved.