Portlaoise Lions Club reach out to local people to back the 'real' Christmas tree sale with Laois Hospice

Some changes this year in venue and scale

Conor Ganly

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Portlaoise Lions Club has to scale back and relocated its 'real' Christmas tree sale this year which is held in conjunction with Laois Hospice.

In light of the difficulties posed by Covid-19, the members have decided to proceed this year with a scaled-down Christmas tree sale. The loss of the traditional venue at Centrepoint means a relocation of the sale to the KWS Complex on the Timahoe Road.

Seán Cruise Secretary, Portlaoise Lions Club, appealed to people for support.

"2020 has been a very difficult year for Portlaoise Lions Club, as many of our annual fundraising events had to be cancelled. Despite this, with the wonderful support of the business community in Portlaoise, we will endeavour to help as many of those in need as we possibly can," he said. 

The Lions Club has sold trees for the last 30 years. The original venue was the Macra Hall on the Well Road. We moved to Centrepoint by kind permission of Shaws when the shopping centre closed circa 2007.

"The trees sold at Christmas are either bought from local producers or sourced from Shaen hospital lands. The bulk of the proceeds of the sale of trees will go to the Laois Hospice. A proportion of the proceeds goes into the purchase of vouchers to provide food and clothing primarily to local families and individuals in need at Christmas, and throughout the year.

"We respond throughout the year to appeals from local groups for funding for worthy causes. This year, we will contribute over €8,000 to the development of a family room at the end of life facility in Portlaoise hospital. The unveiling of this facility has been delayed by the pandemic, but will include a space where families can spend some time with their family members who are terminally ill. 

"This year we were unable to host our annual holiday to Trabolgan. This initiative of Lions clubs all over Ireland, allows each club to take elderly and disabled people for a week-long holiday in Trabolgan, where they have nice accommodation with access to walks and sporting activities by day and can dine in the dining hall and enjoy a drink and musical evenings.

"The camp is staffed by Lions club members who volunteer to ensure a safe and enjoyable week. This initiative is hugely popular and keenly anticipated each year," said the secretary.

Laois Hospice & Portlaoise Lions Club Christmas tree sale will take place at on the following dates: 

November: Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29.

December: Thursday 3, Friday 4, Saturday 5, Sunday 6, Thursday 10,  Friday 11,  Saturday 12, Sunday 13,

The sale opening times each day on Thursday, Friday & Saturday will be 11 am to 4 pm. Sunday from 2 pm to 4.30 pm.

Please support this worthy cause.