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Dorothy House’s charity Christmas Tree Collection raises £40k for local hospice care

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This January, Dorothy House Hospice Care ran its biggest annual Christmas tree collection fundraiser in partnership with the Justhelping charity, raising over £40,000 to fund hospice care. 

Local people booked their used Christmas trees in for a charitable donation and Dorothy House supporters and volunteers picked up over 3,500 trees between 10th-12th January. The collection ran in 13 local postcodes including four new ones BA3, BA4, SN14 and SN15.

In January 2019 the Hospice’s Christmas tree collection raised £26,000, so Dorothy House is delighted to raise over £40,000 this year before Gift Aid is added. The hospice has to raise £5 for every £1 it receives from the NHS to fund its palliative and end of life care for local people living with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers. 

Dorothy House’s Christmas tree collection scheme is supported by many local businesses providing volunteers and vehicles including Wessex Water in Bath, Rygor in Westbury, Bath ASU in Corsham, Brett Hardy Landscapes, Go Self Drive, Islington Motors, Corsham patio and fencing, Autoguide and Geoghegan Builders. Students from Lackham Agriculture College will be helping with tree chipping and Greenhill Tree Care also helped chip trees from the Bradford on Avon area, to be used in the hospice grounds. 

Other supporters include paving company, Shaun May and White Horse Disposal in Westbury, SureSet in Warminster, Pearns Tree Services and Inspired Joinery both from Frome and the Bradford on Avon Rotary Club. While 90% of the money raised, after costs, will go to Dorothy House, 10% of funds raised will go to other local charities. 

Steph Cox, community fundraiser for Dorothy House Hospice Care said, “This is our fourth Christmas tree collection and we are thrilled to have raised £40k in vital funds to support local hospice care and to have collected a staggering 3,500 trees in total, including 1,100 trees in Bath alone. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for their generous help and to Bath and North East Somerset Council for their support in letting us use their recycling centre.” 

Kate Ruberry-Shoemack, head of people and communications at Rygor, Mercedes-Benz Dealer group in Westbury said, “Dorothy House is a charity very close to the heart of our team and we were delighted to get involved again with the 2020 Christmas tree collection by providing volunteers, drivers and vehicles.  It was a great day out and our team really enjoyed being part of this event to help raise money for such a worthy cause.”  

Dorothy House plans to expand the Christmas Tree Collection into more postcodes in January 2021 and information will be available from late November at www.dorothyhouse. org.uk.

 

One Response to Dorothy House’s charity Christmas Tree Collection raises £40k for local hospice care

  1. Player

    February 14, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    This is cool, I’m sincerely happy!
    I try to do charity work too. I often play online games at Hypercasino and give all the money I won to animal shelters and orphanages.