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Christmas Treecycling scheme raises a tree-mendous £87,000

Volunteer, Helen Metcalfe, loading the van with trees

Sue Ryder is thanking local people for supporting its Christmas Treecycle initiative, helping them to raise a total of more than £87,000 for families needing their care.

The green scheme which took place earlier this month saw the palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity, Sue Ryder, which operates Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope near Keighley, and their treely amazing volunteers, collect real Christmas trees direct from people’s front garden or driveway in return for a donation.

The collected trees were then chipped and recycled as mulch with some trees being used for biofuel and others for eco piles in woodland. This meant that residents who chose to Treecycle were not only helping to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder, but also helping to reduce landfill.

Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice worked with 50 volunteers including Young Farmers from throughout the district and were kindly supported by three big-hearted corporate partners - Skipton Self Drive, Keighley Tree Services and Greenlands Turf & Top Soil.

The 2100 trees collected from across Keighley, Airedale, Wharfedale and The Dales were a huge part of the 5822 trees gathered right across the country by Sue Ryder. Overall the scheme has raised a fir-tastic £87,391 for the charity so far with more donations coming in, which will go towards helping continue its expert and compassionate palliative care and bereavement support.

Andrew Wood, Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to the local community for supporting our Christmas Treecycle scheme this year. It can be difficult to know what to do with your real tree once the festivities are over, but by recycling with us and making kind donations, you have helped to reduce landfill and raise vital funds so that we can continue to be there for families when it matters.

“We also want to show our appreciation to all of our volunteers for donating their time and for their incredible efforts and hard work – without their support we really couldn’t make the initiative happen.”

Find out more about fundraising events for Sue Ryder in 2023 by viewing the events calendar at sueryder.org/eventcalendar2023 or by contacting the fundraising team at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice with any queries on 01535 640430 or email: manorlands.fundraising@sueryder.org

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