The Pilgrims Hospices Tree Recycling scheme has been cancelled due to government COVID-19 restrictions.

Cancellation of Christmas Tree Recycling following announcement of new Tier 4 restrictions

The ongoing health crisis is at the forefront of all of our minds as we navigate a very challenging winter. Here at Pilgrims Hospices, we've been monitoring the guidance from authorities to inform how best we can do our part to protect our patients, staff, volunteers and, of course, the wider community that we serve.

Due to the unforeseen government announcement on Saturday 19th December 2020, relating to the current spread of COVID-19 across the region and the introduction of new 'Tier 4' restrictions affecting Kent, Pilgrims Hospices can no longer safely continue with our planned Christmas Tree Recycling scheme.

It is with sincere regret and resignation that the decision has been made to cancel the event for the safety of all involved in-line with the government's new 'Stay at Home' guidelines.

The Christmas Tree Recycling scheme relies on a large number of volunteers (working in small family bubbles) to carry out the logistics necessary for such an initiative; during collections in the Ashford area, at the drop off stations in Canterbury and Thanet, and in the many days beforehand as event logistics, equipment and collection routes are arranged. Their safety, and that of our supporters is our highest priority and that is why, in light of these new guidelines, we must make this unfortunate decision.

While we understand that this decision may come as a disappointment to some, we hope that you will agree that it is a necessary one in the fight to delay the spread of coronavirus in our community.

We are saddened that we will be unable to fulfil tree recycling bookings as requested. Over the past 8 years, through the scheme, you have raised in excess of £115,000 for Pilgrims Hospices care and many hundreds of you had already pledged your support this festive season. It is only through the kind donations from members of our community, like you, that we are able to continue providing skilled and compassionate end-of-life care to all who need it across east Kent. This year more than ever, your support is so important to us, thank you.

What will happen with my Christmas Tree Recycling entry?

In light of the event's cancellation, we are offering refunds to all donors upon requests to fundraising@pilgrimshospices.org. Please submit your request to receive a refund before Sunday 17th January 2021. All refund requests will be automatically processed commencing 18th January 2021.

However, if you wish for Pilgrims Hospices to keep your donation to support the care of our patients over the festive period and beyond, there is nothing further you need to do. If we haven't received a refund request by the above deadline, we will ensure you are thanked for your kind gift.

Please refer to your local council website regarding the disposal of your Christmas Trees, each area has a different process in place.

During this health crisis, Pilgrims nurses, doctors and support staff are still here providing specialist end-of-life care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, making them comfortable, alleviating pain and enabling them to live well for the time that they have.

Thank you so much for your continuing support of Pilgrims Hospices, especially during this challenging time. Keep well, take care of each other and very best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

With best wishes,
Sue Sharp, Director of Income Generation & Marketing
and the Pilgrims Hospices Fundraising Team

Welcome to the Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Tree Recycling fundraising campaign. Supporters register real Christmas trees in return for a chosen donation and our friendly team of Pilgrims volunteers will either collect them from you*, or accept them at one of our designated drop-off stations.

We're proud to announce we have extended our renowned Christmas tree recycling scheme to now include drop-off stations for residents of the Canterbury City Council and Thanet District Council areas.

*Home collections are only available for Ashford Borough Council residents

When it comes to saying farewell to your festive fir, Pilgrims can help you enjoy a hassle-free end to the Christmas period with our environmentally-friendly service, that also raises vital funds for end-of-life care. Every tree that is collected in Ashford, or dropped off at our Christmas tree donation stations in Canterbury or Thanet, will help to care for people facing an incurable illness in our community.

Help us to care for the planet, and our patients, one tree at a time.

Simply register your real Christmas tree, in return for a chosen donation. Our friendly team of Pilgrims volunteer elves will then take your tree to be recycled at the local Recycling Centre. From there, they are turned into power for renewable sources and sustainable fuel. What’s even better is that, whilst helping to support the charity, you will be reducing your environmental impact too.

Please give generously when booking online, whilst Pilgrims Hospices clinical team are Still Here, Still Caring throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

All trees need to be pre-registered and we will be unable to accept any bookings after the closing deadlines.

Last year, Christmas tree recycling raised over
£
for local hospice care. Enough to pay for more than 860 hours of specialist nursing care.

"Pilgrims Hospice Tree Recycling initiative has been running for 8 years in the Ashford Borough Council area, raising in excess of £115,000 for local hospice care over this time.

Due to popular demand we’ve branched out and are now able to recycle your real Christmas trees, in return for a donation, in Canterbury and Thanet as well!"

Kate Duddell - Fundraising Manager (Corporate, Community and Events)

The scheme works differently depending on your council area, so please find the information relevant to you by clicking on the buttons below.

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Ashford Borough Council Residents

Doorstep collections from 16th – 19th January 2021. Teams of Pilgrims volunteer elves will do all the hard work for you by collecting your tree from your home address and, in turn, you will be helping to support the vital end-of-life care of local people through your donation. Register and donate by midnight on Sunday 10th January 2021.

Registration for this event has closed

Check whether your address is in the Ashford Borough Area via this map

Canterbury Drop-off Station (NEW)

Book your designated time slot to drop off your real Christmas tree at our easy-to-access drop-off station at the University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ between 9th – 10th January 2021. Our volunteer elves will meet and greet you at our COVID-Secure, one-way tree recycling station during a designated time slot and take your festive fir off your hands to be recycled. Access to the drop-off station is by pre-registered time slot only, and places are limited, so book and donate today to secure your preferred time slot. The deadline for bookings is Monday 4th January 2021.

Registration for this event has closed

Thanet Drop-off Station (NEW)

Book your designated time slot to drop off your real Christmas tree at our easy-to-access drop-off station at Arlington Car Park, All Saints Avenue, Margate, CT9 5QH between 9th – 10th January 2021. Our volunteer elves will meet and greet you at our COVID-Secure, one-way tree recycling station during a designated time slot and take your festive fir off your hands to be recycled. Access to the drop-off station is by pre-registered time slot only, and places are limited, so book and donate today to secure your preferred time slot. The deadline for bookings is Monday 4th January 2021.

Registration for this event has closed

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