Our Christmas Tree Collection Service capitalises on the fact that a lot of people enjoy buying a natural tree neatly wrapped in netting but they loathe its disposal with the oozing sap and dropping needles.
The thought of all that mess in the car or cutting and bagging up with the associated trip to the tip are not the part of Christmas that people enjoy. They are therefore only too grateful to donate a modest sum and allow someone else to do the dirty work for them! Add the environmental recycling element and a champion charitable cause of the St John’s Hospice and you have a great idea!
We started collecting trees back in 2009. Over the 9 years we have collected 5184 trees and have resulted in over £47,000 donated to the Hospice by supporters of the Christmas Tree Collection. (These figures represent the amount going to the Hospice after expenses.)
In January 2017 the 10th annual Christmas Tree Collection for St John’s Hospice raised over £15,500.00 to help meet its fund-raising need for £8,000.00 per day for running costs. This broke the previous record of £7500.00. Over 1350 individual collections were made using 16 vans and support from over 30 volunteers each day and over 10 tonnes of Christmas Trees were responsibly recycled. Thank you again to those who supported the 2017 collection.
We also make a % donation to the local Scout Groups, Parkinson’s & MNDA support groups out of the money raised, so by supporting this initiative you are also helping more local people.
How to register
The 2017 collection will take place on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th & Monday 8th January 2018. We hope to increase the amount donated to the Hospice.
You can register your tree for collection either by filling in one of the forms which you can find at one of our hospice shops or from our reception or online at www.sjhospice.org.uk/
Registrations will close at 5pm on Thursday 4th January to enable us to process the routes for collection.
All you need to do is make sure that your tree is left in your designated place before 8am on Saturday 6th January without its decorations and lights of course!! Your tree will be collected sometime before 5pm on Monday 8th January. Please contact us before 10.30am Tuesday 9th January if your tree is still there in case we’ve made a mistake.
Any problems please visit the FAQ section or send an email to [email protected] or you can call 01524 382538 during office hours.