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.
This was the second year collecting trees for the Derwent Lions and after promoting the event at a national Lions Information Day, Pocklington Lions were keen to get stuck in and help expand the collection with them.
The collection took place on the weekend of the 6 and 7 January where Lions members and other volunteers from local businesses collected more than 400 trees from in and around Stamford Bridge, Elvington and Pocklington. All the trees were recycled by a local chipping firm and the chippings disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.
Members of the public with a real Christmas tree to be disposed of registered their tree online with an option to make a donation if they wished, with monies raised going to local good causes including St Leonard’s Hospice. Altogether, they raised £2000 for St Leonard's Hospice, £140.66 for Martin House Children's Hospice and £423.90 for the Derwent Lions.
The Derwent Lions President Ken Sutcliffe said: “Thanks to our sponsors without whom the event could not operate, to our volunteers who braved the cold and especially our communities that supported the event. The weekend was great fun and we hope next year will be even bigger and better.”