Do you have a van or can you spare a few hours to help local charity Hospice of the Good Shepherd collect real Christmas trees from our community for a donation back to the Hospice? You’ll be helping the Hospice and the environment.
The Hospice is looking for volunteers and individuals or companies with access to vans or trucks to help between Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th January 2021.
Even if you haven’t got a van but you have a few hours to spare you can come and join our team.
Last year the Hospice collected over 1300 real Christmas trees raising £14,000. This year the Hospice is making an appeal for volunteers and van drivers to help even more local people recycle their real Christmas trees and raise more money for the Hospice.
Justin Caroe, Community Fundraiser, said: “Last year’s collection was a great success and this year we are hoping to collect over 2000 trees and raise £20,000.
He continued: “In light of the pandemic, we urgently need your support now more than ever as the Hospice is estimated to have a £1.1 million shortfall this year after our fundraising activities we cancelled.”
“This year we are ensuring that we are COVID secure in our running of the collection service and that we adhere to whatever guidelines are in place at the time.
“This is a mammoth effort and without vans or the support of volunteers we would not be able to collect all the trees. Whether you have access to a van yourself, the company you work for or know someone with a van any help would be gratefully received.”
You can also register your real tree for collection by visiting https://just-helping.org.uk/
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd has helped thousands of local people with life limiting illnesses and relies on your donations and fundraising to continue to help even more people in the community. Now in its 30th year the Hospice has an annual running cost of £4.2 million where less than 25% comes from government funding. The remaining income is generated through fundraising, donations, events and corporate partnerships.
The Hospice provides entirely free care to the most vulnerable and is currently in an urgent #SaveYourHospice appeal due to funding being hit as a result of Coronavirus.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is based in Chester, and serves the communities of West Cheshire, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Deeside and the surrounding areas, caring for patients with life-limiting conditions and supporting bereaved families.
Its dedicated team of staff and healthcare professionals aim to meet the unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of those with life-limiting conditions, and to help maintain their dignity. It provides specialist palliative care for people with cancer and non-cancer life-limiting conditions.
The Hospice offers physical, emotional and spiritual care for patients, as well as family support and bereavement services.
Less than 25% of its £4 million annual running costs comes from statutory sources, – the rest comes from fundraising, donations, events and corporate partnerships. It costs approximately £11,000 a day to run the Hospice.
So far, Hospice of the Good Shepherd has been raising money through virtual events such as quiz nights as well as their weekly lottery draw, where participants have the chance to win £1000 for a cost of just £1 per week. Though fundraising is particularly more difficult due to Government lockdown, they are still determined to keep their Hospice afloat.