Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those who have lost loved-ones. With this in mind, Swansea BID has teamed up with St Mary’s Church, in Swansea City Centre to put up a community Christmas tree, with local people invited to decorate it with messages to those who are out of sight but not out of mind.
The tree has been set up outside the church main entrance and people are invited to buy Big Heart bows from St Mary’s, which they can decorate with a personal message to a loved one, to be displayed on the tree during the festive period. The bows cost £1 and all proceeds from the scheme will go to the upkeep of St Mary’s church.
Swansea BID Chief Executive, Russell Greenslade, said: “We are very pleased to launch this Big Heart of Swansea Christmas campaign with St Mary’s Church. Christmas is a special time of year for all of us, but for those who have lost a loved one, it can be the hardest time of year. We hope the Swansea BID tree brings some comfort and helps add some extra Christmas magic to the City Centre during the festive season.”
The Reverend Canon Ian Rees, from St Mary’s, said: “This is such a lovely idea from Swansea BID and it is one, I’m sure, that will be appreciated by many. So many people spend time at St Mary’s around the Christmas period, saying a quiet prayer for someone special. I hope the tree gives them a sense that even those who have passed on are still very much a part of family celebrations at this very important time of year.”