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Tree recycling scheme takes hassle out of festive clear-up

12th December 2017

St Richard’s Hospice has joined forces with businesses across the county to deliver its Christmas tree recycling campaign.

The hospice – along with host of volunteers – is preparing to run its tree recycling scheme again early in the New Year.

From Friday, 12th January to Sunday, 14th January, teams of volunteers from a host of organisations will be out collecting trees from homes around Worcestershire – before taking them to be recycled.

The hospice is running the campaign in partnership with the charity JustHelping and will ask people to make a donation in return for recycling their trees – helping support its free care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses.

Jayne Sargeant, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, 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, provided by our wonderful volunteers, will make life easier for people because the trees will be collected from their own homes and recycled for them.”

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

To arrange a collection and to make a donation, register your tree online by Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at just-helping.org.uk/who-we-support/st-richards-hospice/

There is no set fee for a donation but, for example, £15 could pay for a specialist Day Hospice nurse for an hour, or £27 could provide meals for three patients on the hospice’s In-patient Unit.

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.

Organisations across Worcestershire supporting the campaign include: Adam Willington ACW Trees, Nationwide Building Society, Fortis Living, Rybrook BMW and Mini Worcester, Rock Power Connections, Walsh Construction, Leigh Sinton Christmas Trees, Cotswold Drainage, Henson Plant Hire Evesham, Dan Powell Instant Scenery, David’s Nurseries, Worcester Countryside Centre, Karndean Design Flooring, Green Trak Ashton Under Hill and Gwillams Farm Shop.

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.