Brighten tree for a loved one

Andrew Cadwallader, the nephew of Sowerby Bridge rotarian Hazel Brindle who lost his life following a cardiac arrest whilst playing football
Andrew Cadwallader, the nephew of Sowerby Bridge rotarian Hazel Brindle who lost his life following a cardiac arrest whilst playing football
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A Christmas campaign hopes to remind men, women and children of a lost loved one as well as generating enough cash to install life-saving equipment in a town centre.

Sowerby Bridge rotarian Hazel Brindle is leading the Tree of Lights and Defibrillator Project in a bid to potentially save a life after her nephew died last year whilst playing football following a cardiac arrest.

Father-of-three and keen sportsman Andrew Cadwallader died at the age of 49 on December 7, 2013. Now, Hazel says she will purchase a bulb in memory of Andrew and others she has loved and lost.

Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club is asking people to ‘buy a light’ on the town’s Village Restaurant ash tree. A donation form can be obtained from rotarysowerbybridge.org or from Sowerby Bridge outlets: Deli Belge; Village Restaurant; Whitakers Opticians; Trinkette Gift Shop - recorded messages will be published in a book of remembrance in the town’s library and online.

The big switch on is November 14 at 6pm and lights will remain on until January 6.

Hazel said: “We hope to see lots of people there on the night. This is a Rotary campaign for the benefit of all the community so we really hope the public will get behind the campaign, buy a light, and save a life.”

If the campaign successfully raises the £2,000 needed for a defibrillator it will be installed in the town’s centre and will be accessible by all.