Christmas Trees Recycling Fundraiser is tree-mendous

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Published on: Thursday 12 Jan 2023 at 13:12

Christmas Trees Recycling Fundraiser turns pine needles into nursing care

Local charity St Clare Hospice held a tree-mendously successful Christmas tree recycling fundraiser last weekend (7 and 8 January) raising over £20,000 for the Hospice from the donations people made to have their tree collected. St Clare provides specialist free, compassionate care and support to adults who are living with a life-limiting illness, facing the end of life or experiencing bereavement in West Essex and East Herts. The local charity relies heavily on fundraising activity to cover the cost of their vital care.

Ellie Gale, St Clare Community Fundraiser said, “It was an incredibly busy weekend. This year over 1,450 trees were booked in for recycling which is a new record for us! Every tree we collected is recycled by turning it into wood chippings and compost, so saving them going into landfill.”

“This year’s tree collection fundraiser was a real team effort! We couldn’t have done it without the amazing army of more than 60 St Clare Hospice volunteers and supporters. They all got stuck in and helped with the prickly task of picking up the trees and getting them into the vans.”

“In Saffron Walden the Rotary Club joined the fun by collecting trees in the village, HTS collected in and around Harlow and Team Sky went out collecting in their Sky vans.  Uttlesford Council provided disposal points and Dunmow Waste Management provided skips at the Hospice in Hastingwood. Goodnus provided 10 vans and collected across the area, as did Amazon who provided 16 vans and collected for us. Ayden from A D Tree and Garden Care came along and chipped the trees that were brought back to the Hospice – so they can be recycled and used on the gardens. Loughton Self Drive donated vans for the tree collection and Tesco in Bishop’s Stortford and ASDA in Harlow kindly donated food and drink for well-deserved volunteer goody bags.”

Ellie added, “The money raised from this campaign could cover the cost of our Hospice at Home team for 10 days. The Hospice at Home nursing assistants are an absolute lifeline for people with a life-limiting condition, and their family, helping them to get the care they deserve in the comfort of their own home.”

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