Tree-mendous effort!

Date Published: 10th January 2019

Over 1300 real Christmas trees were registered and collected as part of Teesside Hospice’s popular Christmas tree recycling scheme. 

The charity is thrilled to announce that over £12,400 has now been raised by the scheme thanks to support from the local community.

Pictured: Representatives from Teesside Hospice, Northgate Vehicle Hire and Askham Bryan College with collected trees. 

The initiative supported by Northgate Vehicle Hire, Askham Bryan College and organised in partnership with Just Helping, saw 6 vans and a team of 27 volunteers covering Teesside postcodes from TS1 to TS23 collecting real Christmas trees during the 5th – 7th January, in return for a donation to the hospice.

Northgate Vehicle Hire Branch Manager, John Saint said: “We provided a total of 6 vans over 3 days to support the Teesside Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme, which is a fantastic community initiative. It’s great to see that so many households have got behind the scheme again and supported Teesside Hospice.”

The collected Christmas trees will now be chipped and recycled by Askham Bryan College and used within the paddocks, the walled gardens and kitchen gardens to create new paths in Stewart Park.

Askham Bryan College Director of Stewart Park, Nick Barnes said: “We are overwhelmed by the number of Christmas trees that have been collected and brought to the college for us to recycle. Thank you to everyone who supported the scheme, Stewart Park will directly benefit as a result of this and we can really enhance the park.”

Kim Bradley, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser at Teesside Hospice said:  “We are thrilled to have received such fantastic support from the local community for our Christmas tree recycling scheme which has raised over £12,400. This amazing amount will fund more than 48 hours of care at the hospice.”

“I would like to say thank you to everyone involved, including all those that registered their tree and made a donation to the hospice and thanks to Northgate Vehicle Hire and Askham Bryan College for their support, we couldn’t have done it without you. It was great to have support from Stockton Council, Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Council too.”

“A special thank you goes to our team of volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to collect and load over 1300 trees, your support is amazing. Our team of volunteers were provided with packed lunches from On a Roll Sandwich Company, this was a huge help thank you very much!”

“The funds raised through this scheme will make a huge difference to the lives of local people, we are extremely grateful.”

Two ladies who know first-hand how much of a difference the funds raised are Carol Sharpe, 34 and Leanne Thompson, 39. Carol and Leanne were both referred to Teesside Hospice by their healthcare professionals, to help with their feelings of isolation as a result of their illnesses. Carol and Leanne have struck up a lovely friendship and see each other once a week at Teesside Hospice's Day Hospice, where they take part in crafts, meet other patients and receive personalised care. 

Pictured: Representatives from Teesside Hospice, Northgate Vehicle Hire and Askham Bryan College with Carol Sharpe and Leanne Thompson, patients at Teesside Hospice. 

Speaking about the campaign, Carol said: "It's amazing to be here today and see how much the local community have supported the appeal and helped to fund the hospice. Teesside Hospice have helped to introduce me to other people who know what I'm going through, having these people to talk to has really helped me."

Leanne said: "The care we receive from the hospice is fantastic. The nurse's work wonders and myself and Carol love the craft room, we've been making all sorts! It makes me really happy to see that people have supported this campaign. Thank you." 

Registrations for Christmas tree collections in January 2020 will open in November 2019. 

If you would like to get involved with volunteering at Teesside Hospice or take part in any upcoming events , please visit www.teessidehospice.org or call 01642 811145.

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