We launched our Tree-cycle campaign again this year to help the local community to clean up after the Christmas break in partnership with JustHelping. Last year we recycled 2,225 trees and raised £26,854. This year the Team Teesside volunteers were out working all day from the 7th – 11th January to collect 2,269 Christmas trees, surpassing last years’ efforts. The support we've received was amazing, with the supporters of the campaign continuing to put smiles on the volunteers faces as they came and collect the trees saying hello as they turned up.

The collection contributed massively to the income of the hospice, raising an amazing £29,425. Funds that will go towards changing lives within the local community. 

The trees were collected by our amazing, hard-working volunteers, with companies also getting involved such as Yarm Distillery who provided an extra van and fuel, and Faithful and Gould who supplied a team of volunteers. The hospice was also supported by On-a-Roll Sandwich Company who donated all the lunches to the volunteers for the entirety of the scheme.

Northgate Vehicle Hire also made sure the campaign could go ahead by donating 6 vans that the volunteers could use throughout the weekend. Gillian Fortune, Stockton Branch Manager said “The scheme continues to be a fantastic community initiative, with our vehicles being used to help load and dispose of the trees.” Not only did Northgate Vehicle Hire provide hire of the vehicles but they also arranged a team of volunteers to support Teesside Hospice throughout the collections to help with the pickup of trees. The fuel for the vans was provided by Sovereign Supply Chain Services and Nigel Williams from Endeavour Partnership, and Erimus Insurance Brokers provided insurance of the vehicles.

Once all the trees have been collected they were dropped off at 2 locations, to then be chipped by Oakdale NE Ltd. Iain Graham, Managing Director said “It’s invaluable what the hospice does for the local area. They support our area, therefore we want to give something back, by supporting them and helping make the magic happen. Over at Oakdale we are tree specialists, and we’re in the fortunate position to be able to support the hospice.” Oakdale provided all the necessary equipment and a team of staff to come down and chip all 2,269 trees which will then be recycled to use in local parks.

With Middlesbrough council and Redcar and Cleveland council encouraging households across Teesside to go green and support their local charity, as well as the support of Stockton council the tree-cycle campaign was a huge success and will be help us make every moment matter, for the people that need us most.

The local community of Teesside have continued to support Teesside Hospice over the last 40 years in many different ways. The tree-cycle campaign allows Teesside Hospice to support the community by providing a service in aid of donation to the charity, but they could not have done this without the support of some amazing individuals and companies. Thank you.

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