Three Salisbury charities will benefit from this year’s online Christmas Tree Festival:

  • The Jo Benson Day Centre
  • The Salisbury Child Contact Centre
  • St Thomas’s church

The Jo Benson Day Centre was opened in 1970 on the initiative of Lady Benson during her Mayoral year. It is committed to meeting the needs of adults with physical disabilities in a safe and stimulating environment, promoting individuality, creativity and independence. The Centre receive no local or state funding and rely solely on fundraising, donations and legacies to continue its service

The Salisbury Child Contact Centre provides a safe, neutral and comfortable place for children to see the parents or family whom they aren’t living, provided that the children or those around them aren’t considered to be at risk.

Adult relationships can be difficult after parents separate or divorce, yet most children want – and need – to keep in touch with both parents and other relatives who are important to them. The Centre takes a stance of strict neutrality when working with parents and other family members and sticks to a code of confidentiality at all times.

St Thomas’s Church is in the centre of the medieval city of Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. It is a beautiful 15th century building at the north end of the High Street, at the south end of which is Salisbury Cathedral. The historic links with the city are evident in the painted badges of the guilds in the wall paintings of the Lady Chapel, and the annual mayor-making is still carried out in the church.

The famous Doom painting above the chancel arch is a strong draw for tourists. In 2019 conservation and cleaning enhanced the spectacular image which was part of a larger ongoing project to reorder, repair and restore the church. Other recent developments include a striking new altar and oak benches.

St Thomas’s is an inclusive church with a strong Anglican tradition of worship enriched by a large choir. Services are attended by many people, summoned by the peals of eight bells. There are strong links with the commercial and cultural life of the city and sustained support of many charities.

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