THERE WAS double delight for a Birmingham hospice – not only did they raise £106,000 but they also collected a record number of unwanted Christmas trees in one weekend.
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Christmas tree recycling campaign by collecting over 5,000 trees and raising enough to provide four days of care for terminally ill patients.
The campaign, which is the charities largest fundraising campaign, sees volunteers collect Christmas trees from postcodes across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, before they’re recycled into compost and bio mass fuel, stopping thousands of trees from going to landfill.
Charlotte Dowling, community and corporate fundraising manager at the hospice said: “With all of us being in our third lockdown, the future of this year’s Treecycling campaign was uncertain, however, we worked really hard behind the scenes to ensure that we could continue in a way that was safe for everyone involved.
“This campaign relies heavily on the support of volunteers who donate their time, vans and resources to ensure that every pound donated by our supporters goes directly towards providing care and support to our patients and their families.
“To local businesses and volunteers, thank you for giving up your weekend to collect Christmas trees, and to our supporters, thank you for donating and for booking your tree in with us again. £106,000 really is such an incredible amount and it will make a real difference to those who need our help.”
Since the start of the pandemic the hospice has faced fundraising events being postponed or cancelled and the closure of its 17 charity shops.