Over the festive period, Chestnut Tree House launched their first ever Christmas Tree collection scheme in Brighton and Hove to raise funds for local children who need hospice care, raising over £9,500 for the charity.
Over 590 residents in Brighton and Hove signed up to the scheme through Just Helping, a UK charity who have partnered with the children’s hospice, with over 600 trees being taken to a tree recycling plant in Albourne, Sussex, with thanks to Heritage Products, who donated their services to support the children’s hospice.
This was Chestnut Tree House’s first year of running the recycling scheme, as they hoped to boost funds after a difficult year. Like many charities, the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and the support of the scheme will make a big difference.
“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our funding, as it has done on all charities” says Charlotte Waring at Chestnut Tree House. “Our fundraising income dropped by 70% when we had to close our shops and all events were postponed or cancelled.
“We rely heavily on the generosity and support of the community, but now that is even more critical. Things have started to improve, and we’re so grateful to the community of Brighton and Hove who pulled together and helped raise over £9,500 through the Christmas tree recycling initiative.
10% of the money raised through the scheme will go to Whitehawk Foodbank, who help local people in crisis in Whitehawk and the wider East Brighton area.
“This recycling initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to help with the collections” says Charlotte. 19 volunteers helped collect the Christmas Trees in a COVID-secure way between Saturday 9 January and Tuesday 12 January 2021. One of the first volunteers to sign up to help was Roger Chapman, from Old Village Home & Garden Services.
“I have been involved with Chestnut Tree House for many years now” says Roger. “And as soon as I heard about the Christmas Tree Recycling scheme, I knew I had to get involved and help raise vital funds for the hospice. I love supporting the charity for many reasons – it’s a great opportunity for my business to get involved in the local community and to give something back, but at the heart of it all, it’s that I can help children and families who need hospice care.”
Charlotte continues: “I would like to say a big thank you to Roger and all the volunteers, as well as Heritage Products, F and G Transport, Brighton & Hove City Council, 1st Central and the 1st Central Sussex County Cricket Ground, and all the amazing local businesses and residents involved with the collection. Without people like you in our local community, children’s hospice care wouldn’t be possible.”
To find out more about Chestnut Tree House and how you can get involved with your local children’s hospice, please visit http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk