St Helena Hospice’s annual tree cycle collection this year saw over 1,500 once-loved Christmas trees collected across the CO1 – CO9 and CO13 areas.
Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers, the support of Colchester Borough Council and Parkers Garden Company, the tree-cycle has raised over £14,000 for the hospice.
Members of the community signed up online or over the phone to arrange for their tree to be collected and recycled in return for a donation to the charity.
Lizzie Deed, Corporate Fundraiser at the hospice, said “We are delighted with the record amount of trees collected and the incredible fundraising total that we reached!
“Many of our supporters have registered to have their trees collected every year since we began the initiative – this loyalty in supporting our charity is what makes our community that surrounds us so special.”
Our team of volunteers are out collecting Christmas trees today as part of our tree-cycle collection! Thank you to everyone who has registered to have their tree collected and a HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers out today! pic.twitter.com/wuQsznfcoS
— St Helena Hospice (@StHelenaHospice) January 6, 2018
The hospice goes on to say a “huge thank you” to everyone who donated their time volunteering on the day and those who donated the use of their vans for the collection.
Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell (Lib), Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, said: “We are really pleased to have, once again, supported St Helena Hospice by recycling the Christmas trees they collect as part of their fundraising efforts.
“The trees are recycled, along with our garden waste, and so kept out of landfill sites. The scheme is a great, green way to start the New Year.”
The hospice will be providing the service again in 2019 with a collection date being released in November 2018. For more information about the services provided by the hospice and other fundraising events and challenges in 2018 please visit sthelenahospice.org.uk.