Home / News Articles / Christmas tree-cycle a huge success for Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Christmas tree-cycle a huge success for Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Vans and volunteers spent last week driving around the community collecting 947 real Christmas trees from people’s doorsteps to support families with a life-limiting illness. Residents across the CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, CH65 & CH66 post code areas made a donation for the service which saves them a trip to the skip, raising £10,100 for your local Hospice.

The Christmas tree-cycle was run with the support of local volunteers and businesses to raise funds much needed funds for the Hospice. Members of the local community signed up online to arrange for their tree to be collected and recycled in return for a donation to our charity. The extremely successful event raised over £10,100 for the Hospice, and the team collected nearly double the amount of trees than last year!

Justin Caroe, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice, said “It was amazing and overwhelming how much support we received this year. This idea allowed people to get all the pleasure from having a real tree without the annoying bit of taking it to the recycling centre after Christmas and stuffing it in the back of the car when all the needles are dropping off.

The average donation ended up being around £10 per tree! People were also so generous with their time volunteering for the service and loaning vans. Without people fundraising donating money through schemes such as our tree collection we wouldn’t be able to carry on providing our services to local people in the community affected by a life limiting illness.

We would like to say a special mention to the following businesses Edge Transport, UAS, SP Energy, Mancoed, S Kenna & Sons, and Mark Prescott and Ellesmere Port Lions who donated money for van hire. ”

The Hospice will be providing the service again next year and are hoping to collect even more trees so keep your eyes peeled in December 2018 for information on the collection date and registration!