On Saturday 11th January, T&LC sponsored the third consecutive Christmas Tree-cycle in support of raising funds for St Helena Hospice. We’re delighted to report that it was a record-breaking weekend, as they saw their biggest collection to date, raising a whopping £23,645 for the Hospice!
This year’s annual collection saw over 2,000 Christmas trees collected across the CO1-CO9 and CO11 areas, significantly beating last year’s total of just over 1,600. Members of the community signed up online or over the phone to arrange for their trees to be collected and recycled, in return for a donation to the local charity.
As a tree service company, this fundraising event is a natural ‘partnership’ between T&LC and St Helena Hospice – our involvement consists of donating and also giving our free time to help with the tree collections across Colchester.
Our Owner/MD, Peter Cannon, said, “It is always a pleasure to participate and, by us helping them, this means they can continue to help our local community.”
The incredible amount raised could pay for nurses at the Hospice for more than a week, providing care for patients and their friends, families and carers during a difficult time in their lives.
Sarah Wilson, Fundraising Manager at St Helena Hospice, said “We are blown away by the support we’ve received from the community once again, to have reached such an incredible total really is wonderful. We would like to thank all of our supporters, who have donated as part of the Christmas Tree-cycle, and all of our volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help collect such a huge number of trees. We couldn’t do it without the help and support of our community.
“We would also like to thank Colchester Borough Council along with our sponsors, Tree and Lawn Company, for their support and to the other local companies that loaned us their vans for the day. St Helena Hospice will use all the money raised to help local people face incurable illness and bereavement.”
For more information about other fundraising events and challenges for St Helena Hospice in 2020, please visit www.sthelena.org.uk