A FESTIVE symbol of community and giving is set to make a return to Newport in aid of four charities.

The Newport and Uskmouth Rotary Satellite Club first launched the Tree of Light in 2015. It offers the opportunity to remember loved ones or send messages of good will.

The tree will light up in Friars Walk from this Saturday (November 18) as part of Newport’s Christmas light switch-on festivities.

This year, by donating a minimum of £3 to the appeal, you can leave a message which the South Wales Argus will be printing your messages in our Saturday edition.

"While physical messages can’t be placed on the tree, the structure and its lights symbolise remembrance", said Newport Uskmouth Rotary Satellite Club member, James Tovey.

“We recognise that Christmas is a time for gathering with families and friends,” he said. “It is a happy time for most but it can also be a time to remember those who aren’t with you and to give thanks for them."

Chosen charities this year include the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, Carers Trust South East Wales, The Sanctuary Project and homelessness charity, The Wallich.

Dedication slips, set to be printed in the South Wales Argus this week, can be filled out and dropped in at several donation points which will be announced over the coming days.

Mr Tovey added: “The Tree of Light encourages people to remember their family and friends by name, but at the same time to give to local charities supporting many unnamed people in our society who are less fortunate and often otherwise forgotten.”

The Newport Uskmouth Rotary Satellite Club meet four times a year and aim to attract business and professional leaders to join together and “make a difference” in their communities.

Leave a message by going to friarswalktreeoflight.co.uk/dedicate-now or leave a donation by texting TREE21 £3 - or any amount up to £10 - to 70070.

To get involved in the project, to donate or to find out more, visit www.friarswalk