Jersey Hospice Care Tree-cycling Scheme breaks records

Over 2000 trees have been collected and recycled across the Island by Jersey Hospice Care, which has generated over £36,000 in donations.

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January, 49 volunteers drove around the Island in a fleet of vans, to collect over 2200 trees in exchange for a donation towards Jersey Hospice Care. In addition, business collections took place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th January collecting trees from 74 businesses. Islanders were encouraged to sign up to Hospice’s Christmas Tree Collection Scheme that raises funds for Hospice while also disposing of real Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly way. Hospice volunteers took trees to the Green Waste Recycling Facilities at La Collette where they were chipped and turned into soil improver.

This event was generously sponsored by Mitchell Building Contractors and supported by Webreality and Jersey Post. In addition, a number of other local businesses showed their support by providing equipment, vans and refreshments for volunteers. This support has meant that this year’s collection has been the most successful to date.

Harvey Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of Mitchell Building Contractors Ltd, said, ‘We were so proud to have been a part of this brilliant initiative and want to support our community on the Island. The Christmas tree collection offers a positive environmental impact whilst also allowing us to support the life-changing work that Jersey Hospice Care provides. It was an honour to be a part of the scheme.’

Steve Hunt Trustee and Chairman of Fundraising at Jersey Hospice Care, said, “By collecting Christmas trees we support Islanders and businesses in caring for the environment and at the same time raise vital funds for Jersey Hospice Care that enables us to care for patients who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition. I was pleased to have joined the 49 volunteers by collecting trees and wish to express my thanks to our sponsor Mitchell Building Contractors, the companies who provided large vehicles as well as those who provided food and refreshments, the volunteers who gave up their time, and the public who registered and generously donated.”

This is the fourteenth year that the Christmas Tree Collection Scheme has been running for Hospice. Thanks to the generosity of residents and businesses who supported the scheme more than £335,000 has been raised for Hospice over the last two decades. The donations given this year will fund two days of Hospice care: it costs £18,600 a day to provide all of our services, at Hospice and in the community, free of charge to all who need our support and care.