Local charity collects over 1,400 real Christmas trees

Over 1,400 real Christmas trees were registered and collected as part of Teesside Hospice’s popular Christmas tree recycling scheme.

The charity is thrilled to announce that over £12,500 has now been raised by the scheme thanks to support from the local community.

The initiative supported by Northgate Vehicle Hire, Oakdale NE LTD Tree Surgeons and organised in partnership with Just Helping, saw 6 vans and a team of 54 volunteers covering Teesside postcodes from TS1 to TS23 collecting real Christmas trees during the 5th – 7th January, in return for a donation to the hospice.

Northgate Vehicle Hire Branch Manager, John Saint said: “Overall we provided 6 vans over the 3 days of the collection to support the Teesside Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme. The scheme is a great initiative for the community and we were pleased to support the hospice again this year, and to see how many households got involved.”

The collected Christmas trees will now be chipped by Oakdale NE Ltd Tree Surgeons and recycled to be in used in local areas, including Stewart Park, Briarwood Stables and Robinson Equi Teach at Tunstall Farm.

Iain Graham, Director at Oakdale NE Ltd “Tree Surgeons” said: “We can’t believe how many Christmas trees were collected and brought to us to be chipped. Thank you to everyone who has supported the scheme, it will make such a difference to local areas.”

Kim Bradley, Fundraising Manager at Teesside Hospice said: “We are delighted to have had so much support for our Christmas tree recycling scheme from the local community. We raised over £12,500, which will fund more than 48 hours of care at the hospice.”

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved, including those who registered their tree and made a donation to the hospice. Thank you to Northgate Vehicle Hire, Oakdale NE LTD Tree Surgeons for their support, we couldn’t have done this without you. It was great to have support from Redcar and Cleveland Council, Middlesbrough Council and Stockton Council too.”

“Special thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers who worked so hard throughout the three days to collect and load over 1400 trees, we really appreciate your support. Thank you to On a Roll Sandwich Company who kindly provided our volunteers with packed lunches.”

“We would also like to thank Natures World and Briarwood Stables for their support, as well as Garden Worx, who helped us on the final day to collect trees in their van with three lovely volunteers.”

“The funds raised through this scheme will make a huge difference to the lives of local people, we are extremely grateful.”

If you would like to get involved with volunteering at Teesside Hospice or take part in any upcoming events, please visit www.teessidehospice.org or call 01642 811145.