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Car too small? Give Pilgrims a call

Posted on 5 December 2017

As Christmas approaches it is the time when many people are choosing their special tree to decorate for the season. Pilgrims Hospice Ashford is no different, with volunteers decorating the fresh Christmas trees donated by local tree retailers to brighten the wards and family rooms.

The question however always arises in January, how do you best dispose of the trees? Will the tree fit in the car or will you need to chop it up? Will you still be finding needles in June even though you have vacuumed the car out several times since then?

Pilgrims has the simple solution for this dilemma. Victoria Friar, Community Fundraising Manager, explained: “On Saturday 13th & 14th January we will have 19 teams of volunteers with vans, who will cross the Ashford borough collecting your tree from your home for a chosen donation. These trees will be taken to the Ashford Borough Recycling Centre to be composted.”

“Last year we visited nearly 1,000 homes to take away their trees raising £17,000 towards the vital work of Pilgrims and this year we would like to reach even more homes. Whether you are in Tenterden or Ashford or one of the many villages surrounding them, we can collect your tree.”

Jill Humphreys from Willesborough has already registered her tree this year. She said: “I love to support the hospice as it has been invaluable to both friends and family over the years. The tree collection service is just one way I can show that support as well as get rid of my tree. It makes life so easy, as all I have to do on the morning of the collection is to put my tree on the front of the drive and some point it will disappear. I would encourage anybody who has a real tree to sign up.”

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new wellbeing and social programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent. This care continues 24/7 throughout the Christmas period, Victoria explains: “Schemes like our Tree Recycling fundraiser are so important in providing this care – a donation of £15 could pay for essential nursing supplies or £20 could pay for an hour of nursing care at this sensitive time for so many families. We are so grateful to everyone who has already signed up.”

Register your tree for collection  and make your chosen donation or call 01233 504111 and speak to a member of the team.


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