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.
Trees were collected from a number of CB postcodes and at the close of registrations a staggering 976 trees had been registered raising £12,300! Along with the registered trees the volunteers also picked up a few more on the way bringing the grand total of trees collected to 1000!
Arthur Rank had a tree-mendous idea and over the weekend the hospice was also home to 2 skips, kindly donated by Mick George which meant that people who did not manage to register their tree and those who did not live in one of the postcodes covered by the scheme could still dispose of their tree and make a donation.
Bec Beattie, Community Fundraiser said “We have been delighted with how the scheme has taken off this year. Last year we collected 600 trees and raised £7,000 and therefore, we set ourselves a target this year of 800 trees and £9,000. We are thrilled to announce we have surpassed this beyond expectation, raising a grand total of £13,286 including Gift Aid this year!
To raise such a tremendous sum of money would not have been possible without all the support from members of the community and local businesses. Volunteers delivered leaflets, Cambridge Vehicle Rentals donated a number of our vans and the Rapid Relief Team provided lunch for everyone. There were also many volunteers who helped to collect the Christmas trees including Barnes Construction, Barclays, Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge Organic Food Company, Wyboston Lakes Hotel, Marshall Motor Group and Qualcomm, to name a few!”
Arthur Rank Hospice also asked their volunteers to nominate a charity to receive the 10% of funds and the winning nomination was MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières). The hospice will receive £11,958.18 and MSF will receive £1,328.