Man with a Christmas tree2022 saw the very first Princess Alice Hospice Christmas tree collections take place. We collected 753 Christmas trees and raised £11,644. One of our supporters, Louisa Stevens, fed back: “I wanted to say what a fantastic idea/service this is. It’s always a chore disposing of Christmas trees but this year it was brilliant as I donated to charity and my trees were taken away. Win win!! I hope the Hospice raised a good amount of money doing this!!”

This year, we want to collect more trees and raise even more money – £15,000. To do this we need community groups, local businesses and other volunteers with vans to help us.

One local business owner who took part last year, Sam from Aqua Design, said: “We wanted to do something to help support a local charity, so this was an ideal opportunity. My pond landscaping business meant I had the right vehicles. It gave my team the chance to bond as it was a good team building exercise. We also had lots of fun as well as knowing we were giving something back to support a worthy cause. We’d definitely recommend doing this with a group of friends or colleagues as you can spend quality time together while helping a charity.

“We really felt like we made a difference by just giving up one weekend out of the year.”

Other volunteers Amber and Lawrence said: “We literally laughed all day. Every time we spotted a tree we needed to collect, it was like we’d found the treasure! I felt like Anneka Rice! Despite the awful weather, it was so much fun!”

If you have a couple of days to spare in the first week of January, a strong pair of gloves and the ability to laugh, please get in touch via email on: events@pah.org.uk.

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