THERE WAS double delight for Birmingham Hospice – not only did they raise £142,000 but they also collected a record number of unwanted Christmas trees.
More than 200 volunteers collected and recycled almost 6,000 real Christmas trees from across the region, raising vital funds for the charity and helping to reduce the number of trees going to landfill.
After the festive season trees were collected in return for a donation, then later chipped and turned into biofuel.
Speaking about the success of the event, Jess Bolton, community campaigns manager at Birmingham Hospice, said: “Treecycling was a fantastic start to the year for our hospice. We fundraised and collected more trees than ever before, and we’re so grateful to everyone who made this possible.
“From the incredible volunteers and businesses to our operating partners Fitzgerald Contractors Ltd and, of course, everyone who used our service – thank you. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
Birmingham Hospice provides free, palliative and end of life care for people in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield at its two sites, in Selly Park and Erdington, as well as providing care for people in the community.
Each year, it costs £16million to cover the costs of running its services with 40 per cent of this (£5.5 million) needing to be raised from fundraised income.