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St Ann's Hospice receive a belated Christmas bonus

St Ann's Hospice has received a belated Christmas bonus, long after the tinsel was packed away. 

The hospice has been given an £11,246.41(including monies given from HG Scouts and St James Church) donation from national charity Just Helping which organises Christmas tree collections in aid of 25 hospices throughout the UK.

Many volunteers from local Sports clubs and Stockport based community groups collected 1,340 trees locally for recycling as part of the JustHelping Christmas tree recycling initiative.

JustHelping Chief Executive Clare Hinton said: "We'd like to thank everyone who made a donation, the volunteers who took part and sponsors who covered costs.

"The idea of the charity is to bring communities together through volunteering and fundraising for local charities and hospices which do such a wonderful job. It also brings people into the hospice world and hopefully changes perceptions of them.

"Importantly, we want to be able to make donations to local charities as nominated by volunteers who help with the collection as well as helping small groups who generously give up their time and provide them with vital funds, whether it's to buy new kit, tents or stoves."   

Just Helping was founded in Prestbury in 2012 through philanthropic support. More than £150,000 was raised from all the Christmas tree collections in 2017.

The charity hopes to expand its collection in aid of St Ann’s Hospice to cover Didsbury, Worsley, the Heatons and Altrincham and Hale. 

Other local charities who received donations are -

Francis House £250; Kidscan £225; Stockport Send Families £300; Stockport Mind £225; Wellspring Stockport £100; Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care £250; Chelwood Food Bank £350; Stockport branch for Guide Dog training £50; A Moment in Time £50; Stockport Tadpoles £50; Early Essentials £50; Bramhall Cricket Club £250; Trinity Cricket Club £250; St James Church Gatley £100; Hazel Grove Scouts £250.