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Hospice launches Recycle your Real Christmas Tree campaign in Havering

Volunteers will be collecting the trees (credit: SFH)

Saint Francis Hospice is launching a new ‘Recycle your Real Christmas Tree’ campaign in Havering and Brentwood.

The palliative care charity is hoping to raise £30,000 for patient care by collecting and recycling residents Christmas trees in exchange for a donation.

Residents would need to pre-register their real Christmas trees for recycling on the charity’s website.

The trees will then be collected over four days from Friday, 6 January  to Monday, 9 January 2023.

Charlotte Winder from the Saint Francis Hospice Fundraising team said: “Let’s make this year a huge success and secure the future of our hospice, together.”

“We’re so excited that our Christmas Tree Recycling campaign is back in the New Year and we’re hoping to collect even more trees than last year and raise £30,000.

“The only way we can achieve this is to make sure everyone who is celebrating with a real Christmas tree knows we are here to recycle their tree once the festivities are over.”

The hospice isn’t charging people to collect their Christmas tree but as a charity, it relies heavily on donations to fund its care and support to the local community.

“Each donation makes a huge difference to our patients and their families as we help them when they need it the most,” said Charlotte.

A £25 donation could pay for one hour of care on our wards, £10 could care for art materials for bereaved children and £54 could pay for an hour of care in a patient’s home.

“Saint Francis Hospice is all about the people we care for,” said Charlotte.

“Helping to give people a quality of life and to be as comfortable and pain free as possible.

“Our staff help people to hold on to everything and everyone they love. They can count on us for specialist knowledge of illness, pain and symptom relief, dying and death.

“We are only able to provide this service because of fundraising campaigns such as Christmas Tree Recycling.”

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