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When recycling helps to make every moment count

11 January 2018

The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Christmas Tree recycling scheme returned for its 3rd year on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January. Over the two days 25 vans with over 50 volunteers took to the streets of Cambridgeshire to collect all the registered trees. 

What is the Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme? The scheme is simple; people register to have their real Christmas tree collected from their home meaning they do not have to worry about how to dispose of it after the festivities are over. In exchange for the service people are encouraged to give a donation to the hospice. This year residents of CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB22 and CB24 had until 1pm on the 4 January to register their tree to be collected. At the close of registrations a staggering 976 trees had been registered raising £12,300! Along with the registered trees our volunteers managed to collect a few more on their travels bring the grand total of trees collected to 1000!

Across the weekend the hospice was also home to 2 skips, kindly donated by Mick George. This meant that people who did not manage to register their tree and those who did not live in one of the postcodes covered by the scheme could still dispose of their tree and make a donation.

Bec Beattie, Community Fundraiser said “We have been delighted with how the scheme has taken off this year. Each year we would like to expand the area we cover so this year we added CB24 as our new postcode. Last year we collected 600 trees and raised £7000 and therefore, we set ourselves a target this year of 800 trees and £9,000. We are thrilled to announce we have surpassed this beyond expectation, raising a grand total of £12,500 this year!

To raise such a tremendous sum of money would truly not have been possible was it not for all the support we received from members of the community and local businesses. We had volunteers leafleting for us to advertise the scheme, Cambridge Vehicle Rentals supplied a number of our vans, the Rapid Relief Team provided lunch for everyone and of course we had our volunteers who collected all of the trees including companies such as Barnes Construction, Barclays, Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge Organic Food Company, Wyboston Lakes Hotel, Marshall Motor Group and Qualcomm, to name a few!”

The Arthur Rank Hospice runs the scheme with the support of Just Helping. Just Helping are a charity with a vision to inspire and support people, businesses, charities and other organisations to contribute to their community. Therefore, after costs 90% of the funds raised go towards the vital care provided by the hospice and 10% is gifted to another charity. This year the hospice asked the volunteers who were collecting the trees to nominate a charity for these funds to go to. All the nominations were placed into a hat and the lucky winner to be selected was …Medecins sans frontiers/Doctors without borders. Their medical teams respond to emergencies across the world, inconflict zones and following natural disasters and epidemics.

On behalf of everybody at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity we would like to thank everyone who supported the scheme this year. 

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