For the second year running, our team have shown great community spirit by giving up a Saturday to brave a cold January morning and get involved in the annual St Rocco’s Hospice Christmas tree collection. In exchange for a donation to the charity, Warrington residents had their Christmas trees collected from their homes and taken away for recycling by local businesses and organisations that volunteer to help.
Several of our office team and one of our drivers were up nice and early for a Saturday, ready for a 7am start, with over 180 Christmas trees to collect in Lymm and surrounding areas. Each van had a two-person crew which made life easier as they shared the workload between map reading, Christmas tree spotting and then lifting the trees, some very large, into the back of the van for onward delivery for recycling.
As ever the Warrington community showed the willingness to support this great cause as we’ve been told the donations will be in the region of £34,000, a big jump from last year’s total of £27,000.
Dawn Bostock, our Business and Finance Manager spoke about why she wanted to help out with the tree collections, “I am always looking at ways to give back to my local community and to charities. St Rocco’s is a charity very close to my heart as they provided an amazing end of life care for my grandmother. Helping out today is the least I could do!”
Charlotte Howard, Events Fundraiser at St. Rocco’s said, “We are saying a huge thank you to over 130 volunteers who gave up their Saturday to collect a record 2,400 Christmas trees as part of St. Rocco’s annual Christmas Tree Collection.
This year members of the Warrington community have donated an amazing £34,000 to have their discarded trees collected, recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. It is the seventh year that the scheme has been in operation and has grown incredibly since 2013 when 500 trees were collected in, raising £5,000 to help St. Rocco’s look after local people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and their families”