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St John’s Hospice collects record number of trees!

A whopping 1361 Christmas trees were collected & recycled over the weekend 7/8th January 2017 as part pf St John’s Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme.  The hospice has run this campaign for 9 years helping raise funds for the local hospice In-patient Unit, Day Therapy Unit & Hospice at Home teams.

The simple scheme is a win- win for all involved – it offers a hassle-free service to the public, removing their trees with no mess or fuss; it is environmentally friendly – recycling these trees, mulching them & using for fuel.  In fact some of the trees have been taken whole by South Cumbria Rivers Trust to help fortify river banks and reduce river erosion following the devastating floods in December 2015.  Most importantly, this campaign has raised £13,000 for St John’s Hospice!!

Karen Crossley, Community Fundraiser, “we have been blown away by the number of trees collected this year – over 50% increase on last year!!  The biggest one collected so far has been from Storrs Hall Hotel, which had to be chopped into 4 pieces to fit in the van!  We even had someone donate £10 to take away their small artificial tree.”

“We’ve had a fantastic team of helpers who have put up with some very wet and foggy weather and still manage to smile and have a laugh.  I have had 28 teams out over 3 days reaching all over our community from Garstang way up to Ambleside!”

A big thank you to, The Bay, Charlesworth Tree Care & Fencing Ltd, Mark Leamy, Martin’s Landscaping Service, CGM Community Payback, B&Q, Complete Access and Tree Services Ltd, Sapphire Utility Solutions, Grant Stevenson, Barden Biomass, Kendal Auction Mart, Windermere Rugby Club, Tamang Tree Services, Alice Howe Joinery Ltd, Just Helping and many many other kind volunteers who have helped with their time and energy.

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