Christmas trees recycled to support hospice care

16th January 2017

A team of volunteers helped hundreds of Worcestershire households with their post-festive clear up by collecting and recycling Christmas trees in the county to support local hospice care.

In just three days (13th – 15th Jan) over 600 trees were picked up from households, offices and schools and the initiative raised over £7,500 in donations.

St Richard’s had asked people to make a donation for recycling their trees to support the independent charity’s free care and support of those living with a life-limiting illness.

Local businesses that backed the scheme provided volunteers to collect the trees.  They included the Nationwide Building Society; Fortis Living; ACW Trees; Henson Plant Hire; Evesham Trade Centre; PGF Services; Rock Power; Leigh Sinton Christmas Trees; Droitwich Spa Marina; David’s Nurseries, Instant Scenery and Gwilliams.

Jayne Sargeant, St Richard’s Hospice Community Fundraiser, said: “Clearing away a real Christmas tree after the festive season can be a hassle, but this service made life easier for people because the trees were collected from their own doorsteps. We want to thank the fantastic volunteers who made this possible and who supported our care in this way. This was the first time St Richard’s ran the scheme and based on this year’s great success we will hope to make this an annual initiative.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support we can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work. Find out more at


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.