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Another Tree-mendous Result!

Darlington Rotary Club turned out in force last weekend to help us collect over 500 Christmas trees from all over Darlington and the surrounding area!

Rotarians Diane Mousley and Steve Rose collecting trees in Darlington.

The St Teresa’s Hospice Christmas Tree Collection, now in its fifth year, offers people in Darlington and the surrounding area an easy, environmentally-friendly way to dispose of their Christmas trees. In return for small donations towards the Hospice’s vital work, the charity arranged for hundreds of Christmas trees from across the region to be collected and recycled.

The service is run in partnership with Darlington Rotary Club. More than 40 Rotary members volunteered to collect Christmas trees, many donating their own vans and vehicles to help. Additional vehicles were also donated by enterprise rent-a-car and Sherwoods, Darlington, which also donated their showroom on Chesnut Street as a base of operations.

Thanks to the support of everyone involved, the Christmas Tree Collection has raised at least £4,000 for St Teresa’s Hospice and other Rotary Club charities, with more monies expected!

Hospice Director Jane Bradshaw said: “We started the Christmas Tree Collection Service five years ago, and since then we’ve watched it grow and grow, and each year it gets even better. This year we’ve broken our record by recycling more than 400 trees, raised more money for excellent local charities, and helped hundreds of families with their after Christmas clean-up. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of everyone involved, particularly the wonderful men and women of Darlington Rotary Club. I’d also like to thank Blairs Nurseries, Croft Christmas Trees, Elm Ridge Garden Centre, Flowers by Nattrass, Paddock Farm Nurseries and Darlington Round Table for helping us to advertise the appeal.”

The Christmas Tree Collection will return at Christmas 2015. Details will be available right here at www.darlingtonhospice.org.uk in the run-up to Christmas.