Update, 5th January 2021:
Thinking of all our supporters today, in light of last night’s Government update, and thank you to everyone for your continued support in challenging times.
We’ve received lots of enquiries about our planned Christmas tree collection this Friday and, while Covid-safe working practices have always been our first priority, have thought long and hard about whether to go ahead.
Having sought guidance from the local police force and waste collection authorities and received approval, and after a review of our already safety focused approach to the day, we can confirm that it’s our intention to honour our promise to collect supporters’ trees this Friday.
Our tree collection is an entirely outdoor service, from collection to chipping, and with volunteers working in household or workplace bubbles. With around 2,200 trees registered, our service will also save thousands of trips to the local refuse sites while our supporters stay home to stay safe.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to our teams of hospice heroes who will be out collecting trees safely on Friday and to everyone who has registered a tree for collection. By gifting your time and donating towards our care together you will raise a staggering £45,226.13 for patients and their families when they need us most. Together we can and will make a difference, whatever the world throws at us.
If you have registered your tree, you’ll shortly be receiving an email from us about our approach to collection and we’ve provided some updated Q&A below.
Will the Christmas tree collection go ahead as planned?
Yes, after careful consideration our collection will go ahead as planned. Our volunteers will safely collect trees on Friday, 8th January, and recycling will take place over the weekend.
We took this decision with guidance and approval from the local police force and waste collection authorities.
Is this collection Covid safe?
The safety of the public, our volunteers, and staff is our top priority.
After closely reviewing our already Covid-secure working practices, we are confident this collection can safely take place within Government restrictions in place for the lockdown.
The collection is an outdoor activity, and involves no contact with those we are collecting from – helping to protect our supporters and volunteers.
Only volunteers from existing household and workplace bubbles are collecting trees, and we will provide everyone with the necessary PPE to help keep them safe throughout.
With around 2,200 trees registered for collection, we will also save thousands of trips to local refuse sites while our supporters stay home.
How are you protecting your volunteers and the public?
All trees will be placed in an outdoor location, ready for a fast, no-contact collection by our volunteers on Friday. This will help protect both our volunteers, and our supporters.
All volunteers are in existing household or workplace bubbles. We will provide all volunteers with the necessary PPE, and ask everyone to carefully follow social distancing guidelines.
What will happen if my tree isn’t collected on Friday?
Due to challenging working conditions this year – there is a chance a few collections may be missed on Friday.
If your tree is still with you after the weekend, please email [email protected] and we will resolve this for you as soon as possible.
Can I cancel my collection?
If you would like to cancel your collection email [email protected] or call us on 01905 958262.
This campaign is kindly supported by Aptean (formerly known as Paragon)
Thank you to our amazing volunteers of whom we couldn’t do this without:
Actively Stronger, ACW Trees, Ade Platt – Office Solutions, Advance Couriers, AJM Carpentry and Joinery, Angloco, arrangeMy, Artwork Creative, Bespoke Bathrooms, Bradfords in Evesham, Cars Worcester, Churchfields Farm Droitwich, Clive’s Fruit Farm, CMCA, Cotswold Drainage, Countryside Centre, Denley Tree Surgery, DTS Denning Tree Services, Evesham Football Club, Henson Plant Hire, Hursty, Instant Scenery, Jackson Family Funerals, Jonathan Cook Forestry Services, Karndean Design Flooring, Kelly Plant Hire, King’s Worcester, Leigh Sinton Christmas Trees, LGW Fencing, MB Tree Care, Midwest Landscaping, Morris Valeting, Montel Civil Engineering, Nationwide Building Society, Open GI, Pace Print and Design, Parallel Lines (Marking) Ltd, Pershore College, Platform Housing Group, Rock Power Connections, S&L Morris, Sanctuary Housing, SD Social Media Solutions, Severn Cleaning Solutions, Shrubbery Dental Practice, Speller Metcalfe, Spring Forward Landscaping, Squab Group, St Peter’s Garden Centre, Tesco, Tewkesbury Van Sales, The Christmas Decorators, Three Pears Tree Care, Walsh Construction, Warrens Removals, Wolsey Designs, Cars of Worcester.
Please note the photographs on this page were taken pre-covid 19 restrictions.