Christmas ‘treecycling’ schemes raise £15,000 for local hospices

Ward, the Midlands-based metal recycling and waste management specialist, has helped to raise over £15,000 for two local hospices through its support of the annual ‘Treecycling’ scheme.

Over 900 Christmas trees were collected from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and recycled as part of the yearly recycling initiative, which grows bigger each January, thanks to the generosity of local business and volunteers.

The Treecycling project offers a fundraising opportunity for both Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield and Treetops Hospice Care in Risley, Derbyshire, while giving people the chance to responsibly recycle.

Laura McWha, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Treetops, said: “Treecycling has been amazingly successful and has raised a record amount of money for the hospice – £10,500 to date. Without Ward’s skips and the 40 volunteers from local businesses – we wouldn’t have been able to collect all the trees without them so thank you so much.”

All the skips were provided by Ward to enable the teams to offer a collection and recycling service for unwanted Christmas trees in return for a donation to the charities.

Kevin Deller, National Business Development Manager at Ward said: “The support that both hospices provide to local people is amazing. We’re proud to be part of it – raising money for great causes, while improving recycling rates.

“This year Maple Tree were on board too, they chipped the trees at collection points. The trees were stored in the low sided roll on roll offs which enabled easy access to load the tress and pull them out for chipping. This helped reduce the overall costs of processing and handling the too.”

Sarah Green, Community Fundraiser for Ashgate Hospice agreed that the tree recycling had once again been a massive success with over 10 tonnes of trees being collected from around the Chesterfield area alone.

She added: “We’ve managed to raise over £4,600 for Ashgate’s. We are so grateful to Ward for providing the skips and want to pass on our gratitude to everyone involved.”

Without the large skips from Ward, transport and drivers from Sandicliffe and volunteers from local businesses the scheme would not be possible. Skip hire for the Ashgate’s scheme would have been in excess of £4,900, making it cost prohibitive for many charities to run without donations.

Treetops and Ashgate hospices provide respite and end of life care for local people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. They also support carers and families, with all services provided free of charge, with funding largely from charitable donations and fundraising events.