Six hundred Christmas trees were registered, collected and recycled to raise funds for Arthur Rank Hospice new home, thanks to unprecedented support from the local community last weekend (6 & 7 January). The Charity is thrilled to announce that just shy of £6000 has now been raised by the scheme in its second year, which will be directed towards the remaining £2 million needed for their £10.5 million facility.
The initiative supported by Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire South District Council and organised in partnership with Just Helping, saw the Hospice team up with 14 local businesses and 58 volunteers in the Charity’s second ever ‘great treasure hunt for trees’ on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 January! Six hundred registered (now redundant, unloved, unwanted, needle-dropping) Christmas trees were collected from the CB1, CB2, CB22, CB3, CB4 and CB5 postcodes. Mick George Ltd additionally donated skips to the collection effort, enabling trees to additionally be dropped off at the Hospice’s car park in Great Shelford and further boosting the numbers which could be recycled to raise funds.
The Hospice’s fundraising team are delighted with the growing success of the initiative, and hope to add further postcodes to their collection areas in future years. Community Fundraiser, Chloe Christine-Wallis said: “The phenomenal success of the scheme would simply not have been possible were it not for all of our wonderful volunteers. Companies such as Borley Brothers Ltd, Quy Mill Hotel, Sawston Carpets and Flooring Ltd, Cambridge Organic Food Co. and Marshall Motor Group to name a few, provided vehicles and drivers to help with the collection. Cambridge Vehicle Rentals also provided a number of vans across the weekend and the Rapid Relief Team kept our volunteers well fuelled by providing lunches for everyone. Members of the general public also got involved with activities such as leafleting before the event and collecting the trees, which we are extremely grateful for. Thank you!”
The Charity would like to extend its gratitude to all those companies who donated vehicles and man-power to this year’s collection, including additionally Babraham Bioscience Technologies, Barclays (Histon), Barnes Construction, Bidwells, Granta Cricket Club, Mick George Ltd, The Moller Centre and Calne Vehicle Management, as well as volunteers from their own staff and volunteer teams. ‘Life on a bike’ have already volunteered to help with the scheme next year and if you would also like to register your interest please call Community Fundraiser Bec Beattie on 01223 675885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org