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Tree-mendous help for Hospice from Leek United Branch staff...

22nd January 2019

Colleagues from Leek United became ‘Branch staff’ of a different kind at the weekend when they gave East Cheshire Hospice (ECH) a tree-mendous helping hand…

Veronica ‘Ronnie’ McNeil, Manager of the Society’s Macclesfield Branch, and Karen Frankland (Congleton Branch) joined other volunteers for the Hospice’s annual Christmas Tree Collection on 12 and 13 January.

Now in its 19th year, the collection and recycling event raises vital funds for the Hospice by putting householders’ unwanted old ‘living’ festive trees to good use.

People make a donation to the ECH when they register their tree for collection, and teams toured the postcode areas in and around the Hospice this weekend picking up almost 6,800 trees for shredding.

“This year, Leek United sponsored one of the collection vans, and Karen and I wanted to go ‘the extra mile’ by helping on the collection rounds,” explained Ronnie.

“The Hospice is one of the Leek United  main charity beneficiaries, and this is a great, fun way to boost funds for the amazing work it does in our community, and put the old trees – many of which would otherwise end up at rubbish sites – to great use.”

Each year, the Christmas Tree Collection raises over £100,000 and this year ECH hope to top a cumulative sum of £1million since the collection started.

Kate Bowmar, Corporate Fundraiser at ECH, said: “We are extremely grateful for Leek United sponsorship of a collection van, and for Ronnie and Karen’s help over the weekend.

“We rely heavily on the support of local businesses such as the Society to cover the cost of running the collection each year, which means that all donations received over the weekend can go directly towards supporting the Hospice.”

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