Dorothy House Hospice more than doubled their last year’s fundraising total for their Christmas tree collection raising £27,261.51.* They collected over 2,360 trees across nine postcodes in BaNES, Somerset and Wiltshire. The Christmas tree collection has grown considerably since the first collection in January 2017 which raised £6,395.90,
It was supported by local businesses providing vans and 100 volunteers including Wessex Water in Bath, Islington Motors from Trowbridge, SW Machinery Hire from Lacock and Lackham Agriculture College in Melksham.
Other supporters include paving company, SureSet in Warminster, Pearns Tree Services and Inspired Joinery both from Frome and the Bradford on Avon Rotary Club.
90% of the money raised, after costs, goes to Dorothy House to help provide palliative and end of life patient care. 10% of funds raised will also go to other local charities as nominated by the collection volunteers.
It is a win-win situation for everyone involved as it helps local people to get rid of their Christmas tree, provides vital funds to the hospice and people in the local community and is a great excuse for businesses and organisation to get involved and have fun in what is like a treasure-hunt for trees.
The hospice are delighted with the support received including that of Bath and North East Somerset Council for the use of their recycling centre and already have plans for an even bigger collection in 2020.