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Residents across North Derbyshire are once again being offered the chance to recycle their Christmas tree in return for a donation towards Ashgate Hospice.
The charity’s annual Treecyle scheme, sponsored by Jake Eville Tree Care, sees staff and volunteers collect trees so they can be recycled at the end of the festive season.
The trees will be used to heat agricultural buildings and a greenhouse that grows produce all year round.
The service is offered for a suggested donation of £15 per tree from the S18, S40, S41, S42, S43 and DE4 postcodes, which cover Matlock, Matlock Bath and Cromford.
Leah More, Events Assistant at Ashgate Hospice, said: “Supporting the campaign is the most sustainable way to dispose of your Christmas tree and will help raise vital funds to allow the hospice to continue to provide compassionate end of life care over the coming months.
“Christmas is fast approaching and we’re here to help make disposing of your tree green and easy with the return of our annual Treecycle scheme!
“Getting behind the campaign and donating at least £15 is an amazing way to support our vital care for families across North Derbyshire.
“Not only will you be helping to fund our care, but you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment as every tree is chipped and then used as a sustainable energy resource.
“A huge thank you to everyone who signs up to the scheme this year and to the businesses and volunteers who help us collect and recycle the trees – everyone at Ashgate is so grateful for your continued generosity!”
Anyone who signs up to Ashgate Hospice’s Treecycle scheme must leave the tree on the front of their garden by 8am on 7th January.
The hospice aims to collect all trees by Monday 9th January.
Supporting the campaign can help to make a difference to people right across the county. People like Julie Lodge, from Brampton.
When her parents and grandmother-in-law died, it was incredibly painful, but she has fond memories of the staff at Ashgate Hospice who supported them through incredibly difficult times.
Julie’s dad Colin was diagnosed with lung cancer at 73 years old, using the Day Services at Old Brampton in Chesterfield once a week for a few months, until his death on 13th February 2006.
Julie says: “He did activities that he had never done before, and always came home with a smile on his face. His life carried on in ways he didn’t know it was capable of and he got a lot mentally from his visits to Ashgate Hospice.”
Her family were also supported by Ashgate Hospice in the ten days between her mum, Barbara’s diagnosis of cancer and her death in 2011.
And her grandmother-in-law, Florence Botham, known as ‘Nana B’, was also supported by Ashgate Hospice in 2010 when she died in the hospice aged 95.
Julie added: “Our eyes were completely opened about how much of a jolly place Ashgate Hospice is. It is so full of life and we have wonderful memories of going there.
“Getting your Christmas tree recycled with Ashgate this year for a suggested donation of £15 will mean the hospice can be there like it was for my family when we needed someone by our side.”