Fes­tive re­cy­cling scheme turns trees into £90,000

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A Mac­cles­field MP has praised vol­un­teers for rais­ing tens of thou­sands col­lect­ing old and un­wanted Christ­mas trees.

MP David Rut­ley thanked those who took part in the an­nual tree re­cy­cling drive on Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan­uary 9 and 10, to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice.

Now in its 17th year, the col­lec­tion has raised more than £90,000 through res­i­dents pay­ing to have their Christ­mas trees re­moved at the end of the fes­tive pe­riod.

Fol­low­ing a briefing and ba­con butty at Prest­bury Vil­lage Hall on the Satur­day morn­ing, vol­un­teers were dis­patched to col­lect the trees.

In to­tal, more than 6,500 trees from more than 2,000 dif­fer­ent roads were col­lected over the week­end.

David was on hand at the send off on Satur­day morn­ing, and the Lord Lieu­tenant for Cheshire, David Briggs MBE at­tended on Sun­day, adding his sup­port to the team.

The to­tal amount raised is still be­ing fi­nalised, but co-or­gan­iser Peter Chapman said: “With a fi­nal fore­cast of over £90,000 be­ing raised for the hospice this year, we con­tinue to be amazed and de­lighted at the sup­port that has been given across our 250-square mile col­lec­tion area.

“This means the col­lec­tion has now raised more than £670,000 from what started with one £10 note.

“Our hospices pro­vide es­sen­tial and amaz­ing care to many peo­ple with life lim­it­ing ill­nesses - we are very pleased to be able to sup­port them through what has be­come an an­nual com­mu­nity re­cy­cling event.

“We now hope that this feels like a reg­u­lar part of Christ­mas for ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Rob Bar­row, chair of trustees at East Cheshire Hospice, added: “The tree col­lec­tion is the hospice’s largest fundrais­ing event of the year and we are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to ev­ery­one who sup­ports it.

“We rely on the com­mu­nity to pay 80 per cent of the costs to keep the hospice open, so events like this are es­sen­tial to en­sure we can con­tinue to pro­vide es­sen­tial care and sup­port to those with life lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

David said: “It was great to be able to sup­port such a fan­tas­tic lo­cal com­mu­nity event, which brings so many peo­ple to­gether to raise money for our highly val­ued hospice.

“I would like to thank all the or­gan­is­ers and vol­un­teers who helped to take part in the col­lec­tion, and made it pos­si­ble for so many house­holds to con­trib­ute.”

●● Cel­e­brat­ing their suc­cess are, from left, Jen­nette Brown, Age UK East Cheshire ser­vices man­ager, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Do­minic An­der­son, Joanna West, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice of­fi­cer, David Shoe­smith, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice vol­un­teer and Jane Bell­field, sup­port­ing you of­fi­cer

●● David Rut­ley MP with Rob Bar­row, chair of trustees at East Cheshire Hospice

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