Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling Pilot Scheme A Huge Success Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Press Release

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A Birmingham hospice has declared its first ever Christmas tree recycling scheme a success after more than 130 people took part in the pilot initiative.

Thanks to the donation of time and two vehicles from Ames (Altek Midlands Environmental Services) in Frankley, the charity was able to turn the idea into reality, raising around £1,600.

The money will fund care for people in Birmingham and Sandwell with life-limiting illnesses and provide support to their families.

Christmas trees were collected in the B15 and B17 areas of Harborne and Edgbaston during the trial. Fundraisers are now looking to January 2013 when they plan to roll the scheme out to a larger area, dependant on volunteers coming forward with transit vans.

Hospice community fundraiser Joanne Field said: “We’re incredibly pleased with how our first Christmas tree recycling scheme went, the response has been brilliant.

“We were unsure about how many people would sign up, so get 133 is really good news. In total 160 trees were collected, as some people had more than one tree. Many thanks to everyone who took part.”

She added: “And judging by the interest we had from people outside the pilot area, particularly on Twitter and Facebook, we know there is real potential to develop this into a major event covering Birmingham and Sandwell for the Hospice.

“Anyone out there who has a transit van and would like to get involved for 2013, we’d love to hear from you. You will be making a real difference to local people coping with a life-limiting illness.”

The collection was supported by Ames, Veolia and Birmingham City Council. Ames Operations Manager Russell Thompson was among two three-strong crews who collected the trees and took them to the council’s Lifford Lane Household Recycling Centre, where the trees are being turned into compost by Veolia.

Russell said: “It was a real pleasure to have been a part of this scheme, to help it get off the ground. The response from the public was wonderful and we’re looking forward to taking part again next year. The lads who took part also had a lot of fun too.

“We managed to collect 160 trees in one day, so it gave us a great idea of what can be done.”

If you are interested in helping to support Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice 2013 Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme please contact Joanne Field on 0121 472 1191 or email: joanne.field@bsmh.org.uk.

Notes For Editors

  • Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is an independent adult hospice providing care to people across Birmingham and Sandwell, and opened its doors in 1979.
  • Caring for around 1,000 people a year, many hospice patients remain at home for much of their illness, where they are supported by our Community Palliative Care nurses, and by Palliative Care Social Workers who work in conjunction with GPs, consultants and other medical professionals.
  • The Hospice helps and supports families and loved ones, no matter how young or old, throughout the patient’s illness and after bereavement, for as long as necessary.
  • People may be admitted to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice’s 25-bed inpatient unit for respite, symptom management or end of life care, and if needed relatives are able to stay in our self-contained family flat.
  • There is also 20-place Day Hospice, offering medical support, psycho social and spiritual care, complementary therapies and time off for carers.
  • Hospice care is free of charge to all patients and relatives.
  • The annual running costs for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice currently stand at around £6.6 million, 55 percent of which is raised in the community through donations, fundraising events and our nine shops. The remainder of the charity’s funding comes from the NHS.