I’d heard about other Christmas tree recycling schemes and thought they sounded like a great idea, especially as a way of raising funds for charities. I’m a member of Kinder Mountain Rescue Team and had been thinking about setting up our own scheme as there wasn’t one in my area, but then last year I saw a flyer for JustHelping’s scheme, so it was perfect timing really.
I volunteered on two days last year collecting trees. I did one day with one of my colleagues from Kinder Mountain Rescue Team and then went back to help another day because I’d enjoyed it so much. It appeals to me for so many different reasons. It’s a really simple idea, but raises a lot of money for the community in a short space of time. It makes it easier for people to dispose of their tree and the trees are recycled. It’s also a fun thing to do, so it’s basically a win win situation. I have a full time job as a lawyer, so running around picking up trees for charity is a great way to spend a couple of days.
My grandmother was cared for by St Ann’s Hospice. Unfortunately, she died very quickly after being admitted but in the short time she was there, it was really just 24 hours, the care she received, and the support we were given, was amazing. I can’t praise St Ann’s Hospice and all hospices highly enough, they’re amazing places.
This year I’m volunteering again helping to increase the number of trees collected in areas like Marple, Romiley and Offerton, and also collecting trees after Twelfth Night between the 10th and 12th of January. There’s a big opportunity to raise even more money for St Ann’s Hospice and other local causes.
Last year Kinder Mountain Rescue, and many other local charities, also received a donation from JustHelping thanks to the scheme. This meant so much to us as we’re on call 24/7 every day of the year, even Christmas Day, but we don’t receive any government funding at all, so depend solely on donations and fundraising.