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Hospiscare’s Christmas Tree Recycling Heroes of 2023

In this special Hospiscare Heroes blog, we thank everyone who supported our Christmas Tree Recycling campaign this year

This week, we are sending out a very special thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who supported our Christmas Tree Recycling campaign.

A man with a Christmas tree in front of a Four Seasons truck

On Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January, our incredible team of 85 volunteers were out in force across Exeter, Mid and East Devon to collect and recycle Christmas trees in exchange for a donation to Hospiscare.

Two women at the back of a van filled with Christmas trees

Across Exeter, Exmouth, Tiverton, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth and Honiton, the team collected a whopping 2,008 trees which resulted in a phenomenal fundraising total of £24,000 plus Gift Aid!

Four people with a real Christmas tree in front of a Hospiscare van

We are so grateful to all of the individuals who signed up to have their trees collected by our team – together, you have made an incredible difference to local end-of-life care.

This huge achievement simply wouldn’t be possible without the help of so many local businesses and organisations who so generously gave up their time and resources to support Hospiscare.

A woman and man standing in front of a Coastal Recycling truck full of Christmas trees

We are sending a huge thank you to the key partners who worked so hard with us to make this year’s collections a huge success: Thrifty Car and Van Rental, Coastal Recycling, Four Seasons Tree Services, East Devon Tree Surgeons, Just Helping and Amazon.

Two people in front of an Otter Garden Centre van

We would also like to thank the following businesses who allowed us to use their grounds as drop-off sites for the trees: the University of Exeter, World of Country Life, Otter Garden Centre and Four Seasons Tree Services.

Two people giving thumbs up in front of a Jurassic Fibre van

We are so thankful to the following local businesses for rallying their work forces to supply us with volunteers: Taylor Lewis, Thomson Reuters and Jurassic Fibre.

A man with a Christmas tree in front of a to-and-fro van

We would also like to thank the following local businesses for their instrumental support in this year’s Christmas Tree Recycling campaign, from supplying volunteers and vans to helping us promote and fundraise: Cornwall Glass, Shift It Waste, Britannia Lanes, Devon Minor Works, Mears Group, SLM Removals, Blamphayne Sawmills, Allan Bright and Sons Sawmills, To-and-fro and Layzell Funeral Services.

A selfie of two people in high vis in front of Christmas trees

The total raised from our Christmas tree collections could help fund 111 home visits from our Community Nurse Specialists to local patients living with terminal illness. What a difference you have made to so many families, bringing them comfort and support during such a difficult time.