Going Green For St Mary’s Hospice

This winter Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will once again be doing its bit for the environment by ‘treecycling’ Christmas trees from homes in Birmingham.

The venture, which is supported by Birmingham City Council, is now in its third year. The initiative has grown over the years and in January 2014 the treecycling service will be offered across a wider area of the city than ever before – to residents in postcode areas B13, B14, B15, B17, B26, B27, B28, B29,B30, B31 and B38. For a minimum donation of £5 residents can book to have their tree collected from outside their property and recycled at local recycling centres, thanks to Birmingham City Council and Veolia who continue to support this scheme year on year. Trees will be collected on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January 2014.

Amy Moore, Community Fundraiser for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice said ‘In the first year 100 households took part, which was a good start. Last year we collected over 250 trees, and raised almost £3,000 for the hospice. This year we’re hoping to double the number of people taking part, as well as the amount raised’

The project relies on volunteers from local businesses and this year Altek Midlands Environmental Services, Fitzgerald and Mott MacDonald will all be offering their services free of charge.

Nick Coley, Managing Director, Fitzgerald Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd said ‘Fitzgerald Contractors are pleased to support Birmingham St Marys Hospice in the Treecycling campaign. St Marys does fantastic work in supporting both patients and their families and our staff are delighted to be able to support the extraordinary work they do on a daily basis, and particularly at this time of year’

Treecycling is another way that the local community can reduce its environmental footprint whilst raising vital funds for the hospice. Supporters of the hospice have already donated hundreds of thousands of items to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice charity shops during this year, reducing the amount of waste sent to local landfill, and raising over 40,000 in Gift Aid alone.

To book your tree collection please call 0121 472 1191. To find out more visit the St Marys Hospice website: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/festive