THE grand switch on of a city charity's festive trees to commemorate loved ones will take place at two events this weekend.

Communicare, a Southampton charity dedicated to helping eradicate loneliness in the city, is officially launching its 13th annual Tree of Light campaign.

The charity light-up event on Saturday, December 4 in Woolston Millennium Garden at 5pm will be officially switched on by the Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Jacqui Rayment. Entertainment will include carol singing led by the Rising Stars music group.

The second light-up event will take place on Sunday, December 5 at St Mark’s Church on Archers Road where the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Alex Houghton will flick the switch at 5pm. From 4pm, guests can enjoy activities and refreshments provided by church members.

Communicare Manager, Annie Clewlow, said: “After another tumultuous year, we’re delighted that we will once again have physical trees this Christmas for the occasion. Our Echo-backed event allows everyone to remember a lost loved-one at Christmas, as well as supporting our charity, which helps befriend people city-wide.”

“We’re hoping that lots of people will join us for our celebratory events on December 4 and 5. Events like these represent a chance for people to get together and to remember loved ones who are no longer with us or to recognise special causes.

Both events are free and no booking is required.

To sponsor a light, visit justgiving.com/campaign/tol21 before December 20.

Any photographs, short poems/verses and tributes should be emailed to accounts@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk or posted or dropped to Communicare's offices on Dukes Road.

Communicare’s Good Neighbours’ Network currently supports around 600 individuals/families through tasks including one-to-one telephone befriending, transport for essential appointments and assistance with shopping.