Tree-mendous volunteers, local businesses and supporters have helped to raise around £7,000 for Julia’s House children’s hospice by collecting more than 630 Christmas trees following the festive season.

Julia's House fundraisers collect Christmas trees

Local people could choose to have their real Christmas tree collected and recycled by Julia’s House, with the option to make a donation to support our lifeline of care for seriously ill children and their families.

Full of festive cheer, Julia’s House staff and volunteers took to the streets of Pewsey, Devizes, Marlborough in Wiltshire and Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne and Purbeck in Dorset to make their collections. The teams were also supported by volunteers and vans from local businesses, including the charity’s Christmas tree collection sponsor Rubicon People Partnership. Once collected, the trees were then taken to The Old Potato Yard in Devizes, Adventure Pirate in Lytchett Minster and Bliss Aviation in Bournemouth to be recycled as chippings for use on Adventure Pirate’s paths and on local farms and community spaces.

The charity collected 230 Christmas trees in Wiltshire and a further 404 trees in Dorset, raising £6,934 in total.

Julia's House Christmas tree collection volunteers

Claudia Hickin, Community Fundraiser for Julia’s House, said, “We’re delighted with the response we’ve had to our Christmas tree collection this year. From our dedicated team of helpers, to the local people who chose to make a donation in return for collecting their tree – we’d like to say a jolly big thank you to everyone who took part. We’re thrilled to have raised so much to help provide our vital care for local families, and we hope to make our tree collection even bigger and better next year.”

Thanks almost entirely to donations from the local community, Julia’s House provides vital respite and specialist care for Wiltshire and Dorset's most seriously ill children and their families – in our hospices and in families’ homes.

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