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Mayor to help fundraising project

Darlington Mayor, Councillor Tom Nutt, will this weekend join a team of over 40 local Rotarians helping to recycle Christmas trees to raise money for the St Teresa’s Hospice. The annual fundraising operation involves collecting old trees from homes in Darlington and surrounding villages on Saturday January 9 in return for a small donation to the hospice.

Darlington Mayor, Councillor Tom Nutt (right) and Bill Harrison will be among the 40 fellow Darlington Rotarians recycling Christmas trees.

“I am delighted to be part of this very worthwhile project which benefits both Darlington residents and St Teresa’s Hospice” said Councillor Nutt, himself a keen Rotarian.

Now in its sixth year, the scheme last January raised over £5000 for our hospice; a total Darlington Rotarians hope to exceed this time!

Collection vans have kindly been loaned by both Sherwoods Vauxhall Garage and Enterprise Rent-a-car. The venture is also being supported by local tree distributors with one of the region’s leading growers, Croft Christmas Trees, handing out leaflets with all 10,000 trees it hopes to sell over the festive period.

Tree collection can be booked online at www.darlingtonhospice.org.uk until Thursday 7th January, or by telephoning the hospice on 01325 254321.

Hospice Director Jane Bradshaw said, “It’s been a real delight to see the Christmas Tree Collection Service grow so quickly. The brilliance of the scheme is that it benefits everyone involved: the people of Darlington get to enjoy a real Christmas tree without any hassle and it raises money for our beloved hospice. We’re enormously grateful to the Rotarians for their time and effort, and we’re looking forward to this year being the best Christmas Tree Collection yet!”