Wishing on a tree for charity this Christmas

BOUGHS OF LOLLY – Kerrie Kent (left), British Heart Foundation ambassador, with Bryony Breese, next to the Christmas wish tree at Bewl Water

IT’S only just December, but a charity Christmas tree is already sporting a range of hopes and good wishes for the end of heart disease.

Standing in the Waterfront Café at Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Christmas tree has a QR code that well-wishers can scan to make a donation if they are able to.

And the branches are also filling up with special messages, written and hung by well-wishers visiting the café.

Kerrie Kent, Tunbridge Wells’ official British Heart Foundation fundraiser, was part of the ‘Wish Tree’ project.

Born with congenital heart disease, Kerrie has had seven open-heart surgeries to date and has played a key role in setting up the local ‘Hearts of Gold’ fundraising group for the charity.

“I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation. The work they do saves lives,” she said.

“The work of the British Heart Foundation means that hopefully in the future a cure will be found.”

Bewl Water’s business director Andrew Daniells said he hoped the Christmas Wish Tree would give visitors the opportunity to honour loved ones while helping others.

“We’re proud to support the British Heart Foundation and want to make it easier than ever for people to donate to such a fantastic cause,” he said.

The BHF helps over 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.

Bewl Water is privately-owned and is part of the Elite Leisure Collection group of companies, which also owns OneMedia, publisher of the Times.

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