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Left to right: Rachel Joy, Fundraiser, St Helena Hospice; Peter Cannon, Owner and Managing Director, Tree & Lawn Company; Elaine Bentley, Tendring District Council; Angela Morton, Director, Birch Airfield Composting Services Ltd; Cllr Simon Crow, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability.
Each year, thousands of people in Colchester, and selected Tendring postcodes, register their real Christmas tree for collection and make a donation to St Helena Hospice to help them continue to support local people facing incurable illness and bereavement.
On Saturday 8th January 2022 a team of hospice volunteers, including lots of local businesses, will be giving up their time to collect trees from the houses of those registered, before taking them to be recycled.
Rachel Joy, fundraiser at St Helena Hospice, said “This year’s Christmas Tree-cycle is set to be the biggest yet, with our largest collection area ever. More trees mean more funds raised to help provide care and support to more local people facing dying, death and bereavement. So, if you will be putting up your real Christmas tree in the coming weeks, please register it for collection!
“We’re incredibly grateful to Birch Airfield Composting Services Ltd, Colchester Borough Council, Essex County Council and Tendring District Council for their support of this year’s Christmas Tree-cycle. Once again, we are thrilled to have Tree & Lawn Company returning to sponsor the event.”
Peter Cannon, Owner and Managing Director of Tree & Lawn Company, added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with St Helena Hospice and the Christmas Tree-cycle, and we are looking forward to supporting the event again.”
Cllr Simon Crow, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “I am really pleased we are continuing to support St Helena Hospice and their fundraising efforts by recycling the Christmas trees they collect. All the trees are recycled with our garden waste and so kept out of landfill sites, which is fantastic.”
Registration is now open and you can sign up your real Christmas tree for collection, if you live in the CO1 to CO9, CO11, CO13, CO14, CO15 or CO16 area, by visiting www.sthelena.org.uk/tree-cycle
St Helena Hospice is also looking for volunteers to assist with collections on the day. If you can spare your time, and/or the use of your van, or a company vehicle, then please get in touch with the St Helena Hospice fundraising team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01206 931 468.
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