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Hospice tree recycling takes hassle out of festive clear-up

11th December 2018

St Richard’s Hospice is preparing to run its tree recycling scheme again early in the New Year – with the help of an array of volunteers.

Teams will get to work from Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, collecting and recycling trees from homes across Worcestershire.

In return for the service, the hospice is asking people to make a donation to support its free care to patients and loved ones.

Last year, around 850 trees were collected, raising £10,000 for the hospice.

Jayne Sargeant, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We are thrilled to bring this service to our community again, following the success of the last campaign.

“It’s a great way to take out the hassle out of the festive clear-up in January. Just place your tree outside your home and we will collect it, stress free.

“What’s more, this campaign will raise funds to allow us to continue our care to patients and their loved ones when they most need our support.”

Trees will be collected from the WR1, WR2, WR3, WR4, WR5, WR7, WR8, WR9, WR10, WR11, WR12, WR13 and WR14 postcode areas.

The deadline to register trees for collection is Tuesday, January 8. To register a tree and to make a donation, visit www.strichards.org.uk/christmas-tree-collection

There is no set fee for a donation but, for example, £15 could pay for a specialist Day Hospice nurse for an hour (this is the cost of employing a member of staff and all on-costs), while £30 could pay for three patients’ meals on our In-patient Unit for a day.

After costs, 90 per cent of the money raised will go St Richard’s – with the remaining 10 per cent donated to other local charities.

This campaign is sponsored by The Christmas Decorators and is run in association with the charity JustHelping.

Organisations across Worcestershire supporting the campaign include: Walsh Construction, Fortis Living, Cotswold Drainage, Nationwide Building Society, ACW Trees, AJM Carpentry and Joinery, Henson Plant Hire, Open GI, Instant Scenery, Leigh Sinton Christmas Trees, Gwilliams Farmshop, the St Richard’s Hospice maintenance technician Ed Whiteman and volunteer Richard Curzon, the Worcester Woods Countryside Centre, Rock Power Connections Ltd, Karndean Designflooring, White Logistics & Storage Ltd., Pershore College, Parallel Lines, Air Torque Ltd, AC Valve Alliance, St Peter’s Garden Centre and Spring Forward Landscaping.

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.