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Success for hospice Christmas tree campaign

17th January 2020

A campaign which saw volunteers recycle 2,040 Christmas trees has raised £33,659 for a hospice – doubling the total from its previous year.

Households across the county registered their real trees to be collected, in return for a donation to support St Richard’s Hospice.

More than 120 volunteers from 40 teams stepped out on Friday, January 10 to collect the trees before chipping them at various locations.

Jayne Sargeant, hospice fundraiser, said: “We have been blown away by the tremendous success of the campaign, which is now in its fourth year.

“It was wonderful to see all our dedicated volunteers come together to make the scheme possible and we are truly grateful to them for their time.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and volunteers – this year’s total is the most the campaign has ever raised for St Richard’s.

“The funds raised will help make such a big difference to the lives of those we care for – enabling us to be there for free to patients and loved ones when they need us most.”

The organisations which supported the campaign were: Paragon, ACW Trees, Worcestershire Countryside Centre, Fortis Property Care, Karndean Designflooring, Cotswold Drainage, Pershore College, White Logistics and Storage Ltd, P Denning Tree Surgeon, Leigh Sinton Christmas Trees, AJM Carpentry & Joinery, Warren’s Removals, St Peter’s Garden Centre, Nationwide Building Society, Instant Scenery, Parallel Lines, Christmas Decorators, Sanctuary Group, CMCA UK, Henson Plant Hire, Bespoke Bathrooms Ltd, arrangeMY, Walsh Construction, Open GI, Evesham Plant Hire, Alistair McMinn, Rock Power Connections, Spring Forward Landscaping, Churchfields Farm, Evesham Football Club, Bradfords Carpets and Beds, Rich Curzon and Ed Whiteman, Tewkesbury Van Sales, Tesco St Peter’s, Midwest Landscaping, Three Pears Tree Care, Shrubbery Dental, Jackson Family Funerals, Jonathan Cook Forestry, Droitwich and Gwillams Farm Shop, 10Ten Haulage, Travis Perkins, Startin Group Worcester, Malvern Hills Round Table, King’s School, Tricia Cavell and Rob Hill, and Pearwood Property Services.

St Richard’s is set to run the Christmas tree recycling campaign again in 2021. Details on how to register a tree for collection will be available later in the year.

To get involved with volunteering for the next campaign, please contact Jayne Sargeant, hospice fundraiser, on jsargeant@strichards.org.uk

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.