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Wishing Tree at Spectacle of Light to raise funds for CHAS

Wishing Tree at Spectacle of Light to raise funds for CHAS

5th December, 2019


From December 7th 2019 to January 5th 2020, Dalkeith Country Park is set to host Spectacle of Light, its new winter festive light experience – and our new CHAS Wishing Tree will play a central part in this immersive journey, raising funds for and awareness of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, which helps Scottish children with life-limiting conditions and supports their families.


Since May 2019 Dalkeith Country Park has been in a charity partnership with CHAS, fundraising across all areas of the business. Spectacle of Light is the perfect chance to do even more.


As part of their adventure through Spectacle of Light visitors will have an opportunity to raise money for this worthwhile cause while taking a moment to capture their wish on a brightly coloured ribbon, which will then be tied to one of the park’s impressive trees.



Throughout the run of Spectacle of Light the CHAS Wishing Tree will be a growing visual representation of everyone’s hopes, desires and festive goodwill. Whether people hope for health and happiness, good fortune or a shiny new toy, each wish will cost only a small £1 donation to CHAS.

Event manager, Stephen Begg says:

“Our partnership with CHAS brings focus and perspective to all we do here at Restoration Yard and Dalkeith Country Park. At this time of year children are at the forefront of people’s minds so it makes it all the more meaningful to have the CHAS wishing tree as a central point to our Spectacle of Light experience. To be able to do this small thing to help children with life-limiting conditions experience small joys with their families that so many others take for granted adds an extra dimension of meaning to the fun and wonder we are hoping to give our visitors throughout their Spectacle of Light journey.”

In addition to the CHAS Wishing Tree, Dalkeith Country Park will play host to CHAS children and their families in an exclusive Spectacle of Light experience event outside of the times for the general public.

Stephen Begg says:

“It was important to us to bring CHAS children, where possible, to the park to enjoy the sensory experience of Spectacle of Light or give parents and siblings, who are living through the most trying of times, a little bit of light relief.”

Sarah Dannfald, community fundraiser at CHAS says:

“We are so grateful to be Dalkeith Country Park’s Charity Partner and to be involved in so many wonderful events at the park. This year we are really looking forward to the amazing Spectacle of Light and welcoming the public to participate in our Wishing Tree to help us raise much needed funds. At CHAS, we want to make sure that wherever there’s a child in Scotland with a life-shortening condition, we’re on hand to support their entire family. The money we raise this year will help us to keep the joy alive for families facing the most difficult time imaginable by ensuring that no matter how short their time together may be, it is filled with happiness and light.”