Charity at Christmas Time

In keeping with the real meaning of Christmas, Noel and his partner Veronique have been doing their bit for a local charity by collecting Christmas trees from homes on behalf of St Richard’s Hospice.

St Richard’s Hospice cares for patients and families in Worcestershire who are living with life-limiting illnesses. Each year they give free care and support to around 3,000 patients, loved ones and the bereaved – helping them towards the best quality of life possible.

An independent registered charity, St Richard’s Hospice costs £8.4m (2017/18) a year to run and three quarters of their income comes from public donations with the remainder from the NHS.

From Friday, 12th January to Sunday, 14th January, teams of volunteers from a host of organisations including ac valve alliance, were out collecting trees – before taking them to be recycled.

After a fantastic few days more than 860 Christmas trees were collected from homes across the county – 50 of which had been lugged about by Noel and Veronique.

The campaign ran in partnership with the charity JustHelping and people were asked to make a donation in return for recycling their trees – helping support free care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses and other local charities.

In total the charity raised and a tremendous £10,000 and Noel and Veronique are still hoovering up pine needles.

Noel & Veronique with Xmas tree