Tree-men­dous ef­fort sets record!


A RECORD to­tal of more than £100,000 was raised from this year’s East Cheshire Hospice Christ­mas tree col­lec­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers re­port a ten per cent in­crease in do­na­tions – thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the pub­lic and the hard work of around 250 vol­un­teers, who braved a wet and cold week­end in early Jan­uary to help the char­ity.

Some 6,800 trees were col­lected across east­ern parts of Cheshire, which means the av­er­age do­na­tion for each tree was al­most £11.

The ex­act to­tal will be known once fi­nal Gift Aid con­tri­bu­tions are added.

Co-or­gan­iser Richard Ray­mond said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic re­sult and the tree col­lec­tion has be­come a real com­mu­nity fundrais­ing event for East Cheshire Hospice just af­ter Christ­mas.

“Our col­lec­tion has grown in all ar­eas and dur­ing the 16 years it’s been run­ning has be­come the choice of many to have their Christ­mas tree re­cy­cled this way, and at the same time to help the hospice.

“The or­gan­is­ers would like to thank every­one who made a do­na­tion and the band of vol­un­teers who make it all pos­si­ble.

“All do­na­tions go to the hospice be­cause of the back­ing of our spon­sors and sup­port­ers.”

Any­one who had their tree col­lected but has not yet made a do­na­tion can con­tact Richard on 01625 612025. Next year’s col­lec­tion will be on Jan­uary 14 and 15.

Cheshire Ve­hi­cle Rentals sup­plied more than half the ve­hi­cle fleet and As­traZeneca, FDR Law, Arighi Bianchi, Ash­field Health­care Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and LoveLive Graph­ics were among other busi­nesses to pro­vide sup­port.

●● Richard Ray­mond, from the tree col­lec­tion com­mit­tee, Coun David Brown, and Russell Chad­wick, East Cheshire Hospice re­la­tion­ships man­ager

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