Another record-breaking Christmas tree collection for St Richard’s Hospice
The first Friday in January has become a Christmas ritual for the Rock Power Connections team; we cram the van full of Christmas trees donated by generous Worcester householders and take them to be recycled by a team of volunteer chippers. This year saw the fifth annual tree recycling scheme organised by St. Richard’s Hospice and was the biggest collection to date.
More than 140 volunteers from fellow businesses around Worcestershire teamed up to support the initiative, collecting just under 2,200 trees, raising an absolutely staggering £45,226 to care for patients and their loved ones when they're most in need.
Aside from the usual challenges of huge trees and shedding needles, this year saw additional hurdles of a national lockdown, COVID-19 and snow. St Richard's Hospice sought advice from the Council and Police and gave us the go-ahead to proceed, putting into place covid-safe working practices from start to finish to ensure that the Christmas Tree collection could still go ahead.
Emma, along with Dan and Hubaib have all been involved every year since the initiative began:
"It's been amazing to support St Richard's Hospice in collecting trees for another year. It is such a simple way for local businesses and householders to raise vital funds for the charity’s around-the-clock care and support of those living with a serious progressive illness. Especially during this really challenging year when the hospice has had to adapt its fundraising plans.
Given this is the fifth year that Rock Power Connections has taken part in the scheme, the team have become professionals at fitting more and more trees in the back of the van! "
St Richard’s is set to run the Christmas tree recycling campaign again in 2022. Details on how to register a tree for collection will be available later in the year.