Tree-mendous effort from volunteers

Volunteers Lew and Ann Turner out on their TreeCycle round

St Giles Hospice collects 5,000 Christmas trees and raises £69,000 in best-ever year for TreeCycle

St Giles Hospice is celebrating after January’s TreeCycle campaign became the most successful yet, collecting even more trees than last year’s record-breaking Christmas tree collection.

The environmentally-friendly recycling campaign saw more than 5,000 Christmas trees picked up by volunteers in return for a small donation to St Giles, raising over £69,000 for the hospice. Last year’s collection picked up 4,428 trees. 

All funds raised by TreeCycle help to ensure that St Giles Hospice can continue to support local people and their families living with a terminal illness.

Between Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 12th January, 115 dedicated and energetic volunteers braved the freezing winter weather to join the eighth annual TreeCycle collection, following Government COVID-19 guidelines.

They picked up Christmas trees from Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Walsall, Tamworth, Burton, Rugeley, Burntwood, Uttoxeter, Swadlincote, Stafford and surrounding areas.

Chloe Herbert, Head of Fundraising at St Giles Hospice, said: “This year’s TreeCycle campaign has been a huge success and we are absolutely delighted with the results. Our 2021 collection was a record-breaking event following the amazing goodwill we had from our supporters during the COVID-19 pandemic so to beat that total in 2022 is simply amazing.

“We need to raise £850,000 every month just to keep our services going, so the success of this year’s TreeCycle will make a massive difference to local people and their families at a time when they need us the most.”

Wincanton provided St Giles with vital logistics and volunteer support during the collections, and the trees will be recycled for agricultural uses at Greener Composting in Wall, Lichfield.

“We’d also like to thank Lichfield Tree Works, Central England Cooperative, Darwin Electricals, Robson Lister and DHL Fradley for joining our volunteers in the TreeCycle collections this year,” added Chloe. 

“As always, our volunteers, community and businesses have been amazing and we couldn’t have made TreeCycle such a huge success without their dedication and support – it honestly couldn’t happen without them.

“Our volunteers tell us that they really enjoy TreeCycle and get a great sense of achievement from taking part and we hope they will encourage even more volunteers to get involved next year, so that we can collect more trees than ever.

“If you would like to volunteer at next year’s TreeCycle or if your business can offer us their support we’d be very happy to hear from you. To find out more contact our Volunteer Team by email at volunteer@stgileshospice.com or call us on 01543 434533

For more information about St Giles Hospice and the expert care it provides, please visit www.stgileshospice.com

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