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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.