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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity raises £60,000 by chipping thousands of Christmas trees





Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC) has raised around £60,000 from donations by collecting and recycling Christmas trees.

Teams of dedicated volunteers were out and about collecting the trees from 12-15 January across the Cambridge region.

Some of the team at the drop-off point near Oakington. From left, Lisa Philbrick and Gina Thomas from ARHC, Auldan Conway-Steggalls, Emily Conway-Steggalls, Joe Cornwell and Summer Callow who were chipping the trees. Picture: Keith Heppell
Some of the team at the drop-off point near Oakington. From left, Lisa Philbrick and Gina Thomas from ARHC, Auldan Conway-Steggalls, Emily Conway-Steggalls, Joe Cornwell and Summer Callow who were chipping the trees. Picture: Keith Heppell

Carolyn Start, head of fundraising at ARHC, said: “We collected 3,623 trees, I think, over two days – which we hadn’t attempted before, but it worked somehow!

“We had about 140 people helping and about 30 to 35 vans out a day. The trees were taken to various drop-off points and then we had chippers who came along and chipped the lot.”

Carolyn said the average donation was around £21 per tree.

For more information on ARHC, visit arhc.org.uk.



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