Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice needs volunteers for Christmas tree recycling program

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough is looking for volunteers to support its annual green Christmas tree collection and recycling initiative in January.

In exchange for a donation, Sue Ryder will collect real Christmas trees right from people’s front doors or driveways so they can be ground into mulch and recycled.

Sue Ryder’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program needs as many green hands, vehicles and vans as possible to help with collections.

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Steve Bedford and dog Rufus collect Christmas trees for Sue Ryder’s recycling program

Steve Bedford of Drylining Systems provided support for the program last year and has re-enrolled for 2023.

Steve said: “After losing Deb, my second wife of 25 years to breast cancer, charities like Sue Ryder are close to my heart. It’s great to have the opportunity to do something to help out and donating time to collect Christmas trees is an easy way to do that.

Helen Kingston, community fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, said: “Joining our Treecycle fundraising program would be a great team building activity for a local business to help beat the January blues, as well as a way for individuals or groups to give back to the community too.

“We are not only looking for practical assistance, we also need vehicles such as vans and trailers – or even a sled! This green program will also help raise vital funds so Sue Ryder can continue to provide her compassionate palliative care and bereavement support – helping her teams be there when it matters.

Details of the eco-friendly fundraising campaign will be announced later this year for those wishing to sign up to have their Christmas tree recycled and support Sue Ryder.

To sign up as a volunteer, contact the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice fundraising team on 01733 225 999 and thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org