Community shows they care by raising £134,000 for the Charity

  • 20 January 2023

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a Group of volunteers outside Hospice in high Vis jackets

The fantastic amount of £134,000 was confirmed following the record success of last week’s Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme, which took place between 12-14 January.

Some 3,500 real Christmas trees were collected from households in Cambridgeshire in return for a donation, raising a staggering £62,000 – exceeding last year’s tally of 3,000 trees and £58,000.

Around 260 volunteers from communities and businesses across the county generously lent their time, employees and often vehicles to take the trees to drop off points where they were chipped.

Male with trees

Head of Fundraising, Jodie Vaughan, said:

“A big thank you to everyone for pulling together for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity this Christmas. Whether you were part of the popular Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme, donated, raised sponsorship, organised your own fundraiser or gave your valuable time – we could not do what we do without you.

2 males with a large Christmas tree standing in the road

“You have all made a difference to people living with a life-limiting illness and those needing end of life care. I am really looking forward to seeing what else we can achieve together with our communities in 2023!”

2 males wearing grey in front of a chipper with tree

The Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme was organised in partnership with Just Helping, and sponsored by Cooke, Curtis & Co (Trumpington) and Cyber Business Growth (Royston).

Other seasonal fundraisers included:

Christmas Tree and people sitting outside

Light up a Life – People who donated to the annual Light up a Life appeal in memory of a loved one, raised £40,000 in total.  Two special Light up a Life events which took place in Cambridge and Wisbech in December were attended by around 400 people, providing a poignant opportunity to come together in remembrance, reflection and hope.

Life sized bear and boy with red anters in the snow

Rudolph Run – In November and December, sponsored Rudolph Runs took place in nine schools. There were smiles all round when pupils donning antlers dashed around their playground, raising a combined total of almost £9,000. The Charity’s mascot Arthur Bear was on hand to encourage children to have confident conversations with their families about hospice care.

Community Fundraiser Sarah Clayton said:

“Thank you so much to everyone who made their Rudolph Run a success. It was an honour to talk to children about hospice care and hear the difference Arthur Rank Hospice Charity has made to their families.”

In November, a Festive Run inspired around 70 people to run 5k in fancy dress, raising £7,000 in sponsorship.

2 nurses and female with big raffle buckets and Christmas tree behind

A Winter Raffle drawn on 14 December, raised an enormous £17,033, creating 15 lucky winners from 11,044 entries.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who continues to support our fundraising activities which allows us to support people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition.

To find out more about ways to support Arthur Rank Hospice Charity please visit or contact their friendly Fundraising Team on or call 01223 675888