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What we do - a volunteers view

There are a number of reasons why people choose to volunteer. For some it allows them to give something back to their local community and make a difference to the people around them. Some enjoy the challenge of learning a new skill, building on existing knowledge and meeting other like-minded people. However, regardless of the driver, the uniting factor is that volunteering can be as challenging and it is rewarding.

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A roaring sucess - The Lions Christmas tree collection

Members from two Lions Clubs - Derwent and Pocklington worked together on their latest venture in January collecting Christmas trees in parts of York raising money for St Leonard's Hospice, Martin House Children's Hospice and the Lions themselves. 

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Farleigh Hospice has a bumper Christmas tree collection!

For Farleigh Hospice, 2018 was the fourth year collecting Christmas trees and what a bumper year it was!

With more than 50 volunteers they managed to collect and shred over 2,000 Christmas trees. The shredded trees have been donated to Chelmsford City Council to spread over the local parks.

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Longfield Hospice - their first fabulous Christmas tree collection

It was Longfield Hospice first Christmas tree collection and they absolutely S-M-A-S-H-E-D their target of 1,000 trees.

Vans and volunteers spent the weekend scurrying around the county collecting old Christmas trees from outside people’s homes and raising an incredible £11,000. People registering their trees online were asked to make a donation which saved them the trouble of having to take the tree to the recycling centre after Christmas and trying to stuff it into the car boot when all the needles were dropping off.

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The Hospice of St Francis first Christmas tree collection

The Hospice of St Francis, which helps people in St Albans and Harpenden, collected 406 trees, raising £4,494 and were delighted with their first Christmas tree collection. 

A team of volunteers set out on January 6 and 7, supported by recycling contractor Veolia collecting all the trees. The old Christmas trees were then sent to a processing site to be be made into compost.

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Ten years collecting Christmas trees by St John's Hospice, Lancaster

St John's Hospice in Lancaster started collecting trees in 2009. Over the past nine years they have collected an amazing 5,184 trees which has resulted in over £47,000 donated to the Hospice by supporters of the Christmas Tree Collection. 

In January 2017, the 10th annual Christmas Tree Collection saw more than £15,640.00 received in online donations and 1,627 trees registered for collection with a few more being collected on the way!

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St Richard's Hospice, Worcester Christmas tree collection

After a fantastic few days more than 800 Christmas trees have been collected from homes across the county – raising a tremendous £10,518.31 (including Gift Aid) for the hospice with donations also going to other local charities including Malvern Special Families, Evesham Rugby Club under 7's, The Dogs Trust Evesham and Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust. 

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Arthur Rank Christmas tree collection

The Christmas tree collection in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice took place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of January. Over the two days, 25 vans with over 50 volunteers took to the streets of Cambridgeshire to collect all the Christmas trees raising over £13,286 (including Gift Aid).

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The Lions Christmas tree collection in aid of St Leonard's Hospice

Two Lions Clubs have combined to raise funds for St. Leonards Hospice in York and Martin House Hospice Care for children and young people in Boston Spa. 

Pocklington District Lions Club will be collecting and disposing of real Christmas trees in postcodes YO42, YO43 3 & YO41 5.  Their colleagues at Derwent Lions are also participating in this event and their postcodes are: YO41 4, YO41 1 & YO19 5.

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Looking back on the Christmas tree collection 2017

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again, a time to look back at all the amazing work achieved by the volunteers from the hospices and local community groups and businesses and see what has been achieved this year. During 2017, there were 25 collections up and down the country, from Carlisle to Bath, Lincoln to Chelmsford, and all the way to North Wales, with the volunteers collecting an amazing 13,054 trees and raising more than a whopping £150,000!

Why not watch our overview of the Christmas tree collection 2017 here.

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St John's Hospice donate to Parkinson's UK and MNDA Cumbria

JustHelping were delighted to meet members of Parkinson’s UK Lancaster and Morecambe Support Group and representatives from North Lancashire/South Cumbria Branch of the MND Association for a cheque presentation following the hugely successful Charity Christmas Tree Collection in January of this year by St John’s Hospice.

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The Christmas tree collection experience by the Derwent Lions

During 2016, our Lions Club were exploring new projects that would provide a service, increase the profile of Lions in our area, and potentially generate some funds to enable us to help more worthy causes. A chance conversation at work by a recent new member coincidentally lit the blue touch paper that would help us ignite this aim!

Lion Jon had heard about raising funds by collecting and recycling old Christmas trees. Was this something we could trial in 2016? After a bit of internet digging, Lion Tony made contact with JustHelping. 

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Christmas trees helping to protect the sand dunes

The dunes on Barkby Beach are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Protection area because of the important biodiversity.

They are home to the last seabird colony of little terns in Wales and are important for sand lizards, natterjack toads and rare orchids.

Mr Davies said the council hoped interpretation boards providing information and a new boardwalk system through the dunes would help people to enjoy them without causing damage.

Christmas trees are also being used in the reconstruction of sand dunes about four miles along from the beach, at Talacre in Flintshire.

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St Ann's Hospice receive a belated Christmas bonus

St Ann's Hospice has received a belated Christmas bonus, long after the tinsel was packed away. 

The hospice has been given an £11,246.41(including monies given from HG Scouts and St James Church) donation from national charity Just Helping which organises Christmas tree collections in aid of 25 hospices throughout the UK.

Many volunteers from local Sports clubs and Stockport based community groups collected 1,340 trees locally for recycling as part of the JustHelping Christmas tree recycling initiative.

 

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