It is with deep regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Christmas tree recycling service.
This decision has not been taken lightly by our senior leadership team and board of trustees, given the huge support for the hospice it represents from so many people across the Wirral who have made donations.
This annual campaign is a much-needed source of income for Wirral Hospice, even more so in these testing times.
However, the logistics of making the collections require us to bring together many volunteers from different households in the confines of a vehicle giving rise to a significant risk to safety with the current high levels of Covid-19 infections in our community.
After much careful consideration we decided that this was a risk that could not be justified and so regrettably we have to withdraw our service.
We want to say a heartfelt thank you to all who registered with the scheme, and ask for your patience and understanding of the situation.
Huge apologies to all of you that have booked to have your tree collected and thank you for your incredible support you've shown us with your donations; you will receive an official email from JustHelping (the booking system) in due course – which is joint message from them and our hospice. We are genuinely sorry for the inconvenience you now face with disposing of your tree yourself – there are a couple of options in the email you’ll receive so we sincerely hope that you are able to work something out.
We will of course be offering and issuing refunds to people who have booked trees. We will be getting in touch with all bookings by email and phone with immediate effect and hope that if you are one of those people that you will understand our decision and appreciate the difficult position we face.
Numerous other hospices have also cancelled their campaigns in the last couple of days and feedback they have been getting is overwhelming support from their local community. The world is still far from normal but none of us expected perhaps that the severity would be felt to this magnitude this far down the line. We clearly have some way to go before we can comfortably feel safe again.
Thank you also to all local businesses, organisations, families and volunteers who offered their time to help us collect; we are very appreciative of your willingness and muscle-power and hope that you will be raring to hop on board a tree van next year (when the world is hopefully far more ‘normal’!). Our fundraising officer, Elaine, will be making contact with you directly and if she hasn't managed to get hold of you yet it will be very soon!
Safety is our number one priority so it’s with a sad heart we say goodbye to this fun fundraising campaign until next year.
Keep safe out there and thank you for all that you've been doing to support us through these turbulent times when you and others will be facing your own challenges.
Chair of Trustees, Wirral Hospice St John's
UPDATE as at 8 Jan 2021
A few kind souls on Facebook have suggested we post a donation link in case some people might wish to help. If anyone does, please use this Wirral Hospice Gift JustGiving page many thanks! xx
Photos from previous collections: Wirral Hospice: Christmas tree collections & recycling
Video of Wirral Hospice's Christmas tree collection
HUGE thanks to the following #hospiceheroes for supporting Wirral Hospice's Tree Collection Service:
Aaron Garden Services - http://www.aarongardenservices.co.uk
Allan Morris Transport - http://allanmorris.co.uk
B&M - https://www.bagnallandmorris.com
BVH - http://www.bvh.co.uk
Biffa - https://www.biffa.co.u
Carson Tree Services - https://www.facebook.com/carsonstree
Claremont Farm - https://www.claremontfarm.co.uk
Continental Landscapes - http://continental-landscapes.co.uk
Don’t be Stumped – http://www.dontbestumped.co.uk
ECO Grounds Maintenance - http://www.ecogroundsmaintenance.com
Firtree Landscapes - http://www.firtree.uk.com
HJA Fencing & Landscaping - http://hjafencing.com
Hoist UK - www.hoistuk.com
Karl D Williams & Sons Tree Care Specialists - https://www.yell.com/biz/karl-d-williams-and-sons-tree-care-specialist-wirral-6584188
Mancoed - http://mancoed.co.uk
Mersey Removals - https://www.yell.com/biz/mersey-removals-birkenhead-8532884/
Mid Wirral Rotary - https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1673
NARPO - https://www.narpo.org
Ness Village Hall - http://www.nessvillagehall.org.uk
Oldershaw Rugby Club - https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/oldershaw
Phoenix Masonic Lodge - http://www.phoenix3236.org.uk
Tranmere Rovers - https://www.tranmererovers.co.uk
West Kirby Football Club - http://westkirbyfc.org
West Wallasey Van Hire - https://www.westwallasey.com
Willaston Community Farm - https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Farm/Willaston-Community-Farm-429137704222079/
Wirral Country Park - https://www.wirral.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-events/parks-beaches-and-countryside/wirral-country-park
Wirral Lions - https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/wirrallionsuk/index.php
Helped in previous years:
All Round Tree & Hedge Care
Beechwood Tree Surgeons
Birkenhead Rugby Club
CCC Waste Management
Caldy Rugby Club
Cloweswood Tree & Garden Services
Discount VW Audi Centre
Express Maintenance Services
G.H. Pearson Butchers
Heartwood Tree Services
Lewis’s Butchers and Delicatessen
Priory Quality Meats
Touchwood Tree Surgery
Wirral Tree & Hedge