Tree-men­dous ef­fort by army of helpers!

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

AN army of vol­un­teers helped make the East Cheshire Hospice Christ­mas tree col­lec­tion the big­gest and best in its 16-year his­tory.

More than £73,000 has been raised so far af­ter 6,630 trees – an eight per cent in­crease on last year – were col­lected from homes across the east­ern parts of Cheshire dur­ing the mas­sive two-day op­er­a­tion.

More than 40 vans and around 250 vol­un­teers took part in the col­lec­tion, which cov­ered a record 2,070 roads.

Co-or­gan­iser Richard Ray­mond said: “There was a fan­tas­tic spirit and the or­gan­is­ers would like to thank ev­ery­one who made a do­na­tion and helped in so many dif­fer­ent ways.

“It’s the hospice’s largest fundrais­ing event of the year and amaz­ing to think that 20 other hospices held tree col­lec­tions which were all spawned out of the East Cheshire model but this is the big­gest and best!

“It was wet and cold but ev­ery­one helped make it such a great event, whether it was bak­ing cakes, col­lect­ing trees, han­dling lo­gis­tics or mak­ing those al­limpor­tant do­na­tions.”

Or­gan­is­ers are keen to thank spon­sors Cheshire Ve­hi­cle Rentals which gen­er­ously sup­plied more than half the ve­hi­cle fleet, Astra Zeneca, FDR Law, Arighi Bianchi, Ash­field Health­care Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, LoveLive Graph­ics and many other lo­cal busi­nesses.

Spe­cial thanks go also to Ansa En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices which helped grind trees into mulch at its West Park HQ be­fore be­ing mixed into compost for re­cy­cling.

The vol­un­teers who col­lected an amaz­ing 6,630 Christ­mas trees this year


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