Registration opens for this year’s tree-mendous fundraiser

With just over five weeks to go until Christmas Day, Jersey Hospice Care is delighted to open registration for this year’s Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling initiative.

The environmentally friendly charity scheme encourages islanders to recycle their pine tree in the New Year while also supporting their local hospice. Last year more than 2,150 trees were collected by over 60 volunteers, raising a record-breaking £33,559 for Jersey Hospice Care.

The scheme is run entirely by volunteers and has been sponsored by the Aztec Group for the last four years. Volunteers collect Christmas trees from across the island and deliver them to green waste recycling facilities to be turned into soil improver for local gardens and farmland.

First launched by Trevor Parker in 2005, the initiative has raised more than £300,000 in aid of Jersey Hospice Care. Sacha Patel, Income Generation Manager at Jersey Hospice Care, commented, ‘The Christmas tree collections initiative has become a firm fixture in our Christmas fundraising calendar. We’re grateful to Aztec for their ongoing support and to Trevor who continues to volunteer his time and energy into running the event and donating all the proceeds to Jersey Hospice Care.

‘Jersey Hospice Care is here for the community, supported by the community. This event is a great example of the difference we can make when people come together; those who make a donation to Hospice in return for the collection of their tree, the volunteers who spend the weekend picking up and recycling the trees and the support we receive from local businesses.’

Trevor, who still coordinates the scheme, said, ‘After the incredible success of last year’s collections, I’m really excited to see what the island can achieve this year. I’m always blown away by the generosity and compassion that our community has to show, as well as the ongoing encouragement of businesses like Aztec Group and a host of small businesses, whose support enables us to raise a substantial amount of money for Hospice on an annual basis.

‘I’m also really proud that the tree collection is environmentally friendly. Not only are all the trees turned into soil improver, but the scheme also eliminates over 2,000 individual car journeys to the green waste site and the users of the scheme save on electricity because they don’t have to hoover out their cars!

Tania Duncan, Head of Marketing at the Aztec Group, commented, ‘We’re very proud to be a part of this extraordinary scheme and witness its wonderful impact on the community every year. To raise money for such a worthy cause, while making a positive impact on the environment is incredibly rewarding.’

Sign up for the 2018 Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling scheme for Jersey Hospice Care  – online registrations are now open. Business collections will take place on 3 and 4 January, and home/residential collections will take place on 5 and 6 January 2019.