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Fylde Christmas tree collection is a boost for Trinity Hospice and the local environment

The Christmas tree collection in aid of Trinity Hospice in Blackpool not only generated a significant sum of money for the hospice which serves the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas but also contributed towards the sand dunes restoration project on the St Anne's beach. 

2019 was the second year for the Christmas tree collection for Trinity Hospice and it was tree-mendous collection with more than 1,285 trees collected over the weekend of the 12th and 13th January in many FY postcodes raising £11,005.54.* The collection had the full support of Fylde Council who were pleased with the results offering a convenient solution to local residents who need to get rid of their tree after the Christmas festivities.

Over 90 volunteers helped over the weekend including individuals, local businesses and the council who generously gave up their time or donated resources such as vans to collect the trees. 

The trees have been planted on the St Anne's beach as part of an ongoing restoration project to reduce the erosion of the dunes by trapping windblown sand and encourage the dunes to move seaward. The dunes also provide a unique habitat for many plants and animals and also act an an effective sea defence for the local community.

Of the monies raised, 90%, £9,904.98 went to the hospice and £1,100.55 was allocated to local charities Streetlife and The Boathouse Youth.

Streetlife is an organisation which assists vulnerable young people in Blackpool, a lot of whom access the service as homeless. Their aim is to enable and empower them to make informed choices, about issues affecting their lives. They provide support – for those up to the age of 26 – from The Base, the Day Centre, and Night Shelter, which serves as emergency accommodation for those who need it most.

The Boathouse Youth is a Registered UK Charity that works with children and young people in Blackpool. It aims to provide a variety of educational and recreational activities that will build confidence restore self-esteem and, above all, bring happiness to the lives of its young members. 

 

* After operating costs and including Gift Aid