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Christmas Bootcamp

Darlington’s South Park was transformed into a mini film set last week as the town's Rotarians created a spoof keep-fit boot camp in preparation for collecting old Christmas trees for charity.

On Saturday January 7th teams from Darlington Rotary Club hope to collect over one thousand discarded trees from local households in return for a suggested donation of £5, which goes to support St Teresa's Hospice and other Darlington Rotary charities.

In order to prepare the volunteer collectors for the hard task of collecting so many trees, a special training camp was held at South Park to put them through their paces. A military theme was the order of the day as the Rotarian squad was put through gentle exercises by army instructor Daniel Duggan, of Military Bootcamp Outdoor.

"We have a fleet of vans and a 50 strong army of volunteers on standby to beat last year’s record 1000 trees collected, raising over £5500 for the hospice" said Rotary organiser David Hayward.

Hospice Director Jane Bradshaw added: "The Christmas Tree Collection Service is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in Darlington. By collecting trees straight from people’s homes, our volunteers make the Christmas clean-up so much easier for you, and it gives everyone a chance to help St Teresa’s Hospice and other wonderful Rotary charities.

We had great fun being trained-up by Danny from Military Bootcamp Outdoor, and our collectors now feel fighting-fit and up to the task of collecting every Christmas tree in Darlington and beyond!"

To book your Christmas tree for collection, click here or call 01325 254321.

Information on Military Bootcamp Outdoor can be found at