Christmas trees help fund hospice care this Christmas

Community and Partnerships Fundraiser Andrea Pugh (right) and Fundraising Coordinator Lyndsey Howard pictured infront of a pile of mulch made from recycled Christmas trees.
L-R: Lyndsey Howard (Fundraising Coordinator) and Andrea Pugh (Community and Partnerships Fundraiser) from Katharine House Hospice.

With the help of the local waste management services team at Veolia (Stafford) and UK Charity Just Helping, Katharine House Hospice is delighted to offer a Christmas Tree Collection service again this winter to save local residents the bother of disposing of their trees after the festive season. Trees will be collected in the week of 13 January to be recycled.

Supporters have the opportunity to make a festive donation and register their tree at by midnight on Thursday 5 January 2023.

Once collected the trees are taken to Mill Farm Recycling near Eccleshall where they are shredded and eventually recycled into a quality peat-free compost which is then used by a variety of customers including landscapers, farmers and national bagging companies to supply garden centres and DIY stores.

Andrea Pugh, Community and Partnership Fundraiser at the Hospice said: ‘For a small donation, our hassle-free collection service enables supporters to sustainably dispose of their tree after Christmas. The team at Veolia will collect the tree directly from their property and take it away to be chipped and later turned into peat-free compost.

Last year we collected an amazing 607 trees with the money raised paying for a fantastic 450 hours of nursing care. We really hope to increase the number of trees this year enabling even more people to receive the specialist care they need.’

Collection areas

Collections will be made from the following postcodes ST14, ST15, ST16, ST17, ST18, ST19, ST20, ST21, WS11, WS12 and WS15 and are for real trees only with all decorations removed, and no pots.

About Katharine House Hospice

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across Mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.