SILHILLIANS can avoid a post-Christmas chore and raise vital funds for charity as part of a ‘Treecycling’ scheme.
Birmingham Hospice volunteers will be collecting real Christmas trees from doorsteps in the borough before they are recycled and turned into biomass fuel.
The scheme – which takes place on January 13 and 14 – raised over £125,000 for Birmingham Hospice (the new name for Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices) in 2023 by collecting and recycling over 5,400 trees from homes across Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.
The money raised through Treecycling will help the charity to provide care at a time when costs are increasing and it’s becoming harder to fund vital services.
Jess Bolton, community campaigns and digital fundraising manager at Birmingham Hospice, said: “We are so excited to welcome back Treecycling, our flagship campaign. Not only is it a great environmental service, it’s also a hugely important fundraiser for us, having raised over £600,000 since 2011.
“By booking your collection and making a donation, you will make a difference to local people living with a terminal diagnosis, while making your life easier and being kinder to the environment – what’s not to love?
“A huge thank you to all of our Treecycling partners, especially Fitzgerald Contractors Ltd, and to all of our wonderful volunteers who help with collecting and chipping the trees – we couldn’t do what we do without you!”
Birmingham Hospice is the primary provider of adult hospice care in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Each year, the hospice needs to raise £5.5 million through fundraising activity, income from shops and voluntary donations to cover their running costs.
Bookings are now open and will close on January 8 at 12pm.
To book and make a donation visit www.birminghamhospice.org/treecycling