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Christmas tree collection a huge success for St Helena Hospice

The weekend of 7th & 8th January, a dedicated team of volunteers collected over 1,000 once-loved Christmas trees across the CO1 to CO7 area.

The Christmas tree-cycle was run with the support of Colchester Borough Council and Blowers and Mowers to raise 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 £10,500 for the hospice, and the team collected nearly over 300 more trees than last year!

Lydia Polom, marketing and communications officer at the hospice, said “It was amazing and overwhelming how much support we received this year. There was a suggested donation of £7.50 to collect and recycle a tree but the average donation ended up being around £9 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 giving the services we do to the people in the community. We would like to say a huge thank you to Colchester Borough Council for providing their recycling service and Blowers and Mowers for very generously sponsoring the event.”

We will be providing the service again next year and are hoping to collect even more trees so keep your eyes peeled in December 2017 for information on the collection date and registration!

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