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‘Vantastic’ support for Pilgrims Tree Recycling

Posted on 14 December 2017

Local businesses in Ashford along with Pilgrims Hospice volunteers are getting ready to form one big festive fleet this Christmas to fundraise for Pilgrims.

The colleagues and friends, who come from companies across the town including Givaudan, PSR Lighting & Signs, Medash, Countrystyle, Waitrose, Orbital Marketing Services as well as Pilgrims very own retail team have pledged their support to drive 19 vans to collect your real trees when the Christmas season is over as part of the charity’s annual Christmas tree recycling collection.

Last year the scheme generated an outstanding £17,000 towards the vital work of the hospice and the hospice says the response to this year’s call out for local support has been even better.

Richard Foulger, volunteer coordinator for the campaign, explained: “Pilgrims volunteers can collect your tree on the weekend of 13th & 14th January in return for a donation of your choice and take it away for recycling by the Ashford Borough Council.

“This is the sixth year we have collected trees from people’s homes and each year we have seen more and more residents taking advantage of the scheme. We started in 2011 with just a crew of six vans and have seen this grow year on year.”

With more support than ever, the Tree Recycling vans can now reach over 1500 homes including those in Rolvenden, Wittersham, Charing, Chilham and Smeeth, as well as the towns of Ashford and Tenterden.

The Pilgrims Hospice tree recycling scheme is simply a win-win situation.

Mrs Burlton head teacher at High Halden Primary School has already registered the school’s tree for collection. She said: “The Pilgrims Hospice tree recycling scheme is simply a win-win situation for all involved. It offers a hassle-free disposal service, with no mess or fuss. It is environmentally friendly whilst raising funds for a local charity.”

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.”

So instead of taking the difficult route of disposing of your tree for yourself, let Pilgrims take on the task for you. Register your tree for collection through the online booking form or call a member of the team on 01233 504111 who will be able to help you.


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