13th December 2016

Let us recycle your Christmas tree

Take the hassle out of your post-festive clear up and support St Richard’s Hospice at the same time in a special Christmas tree recycling scheme.

St Richard’s Hospice is working in partnership with JustHelping to send out teams of volunteers who will be collecting trees around the county from 13th – 15th January.

St Richard’s is asking people to make a donation for recycling the tree to support the independent charity’s free care and support of those living with a life-limiting illness.

Local businesses are backing the scheme and providing volunteers to collect the trees from people’s homes. They include 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 and Gwilliams.

The teams will be collecting trees from the postcode areas WR1, WR2, WR3, WR4, WR5, WR7, WR8, WR9, WR10, WR11, WR14, and the majority of Worcester, Droitwich, Evesham and Malvern.

Jayne Sargeant, St Richard’s Hospice Community Fundraiser, said: “Lots of people love a real Christmas tree at home for the festive season but the hassle and mess of removing them can be a downside. This service will make life easier for people because the trees will be collected from their own homes and recycled for them.”

Mrs Sargeant added, “We want to thank the fantastic volunteers who are making this possible and supporting our care in this way. This is the first time St Richard’s will run the scheme which already works successfully elsewhere in the country.”

There is no set fee for a donation but the hospice has suggested guidelines for donations. For example an £11 donation could pay for a Hospice at Home healthcare assistant for an hour or a donation of £15 could pay for a patient to receive a complementary therapy treatment.

From money raised, 90% will go St Richard’s Hospice with the remaining 10% donated to other local charities.

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

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

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