Dougie Mac have raised over £14,000 through their fundraising Christmas Tree Collection. Funds raised will allow the hospice continue to provide end of life patient care and support for their families.
In postcodes across North Staffordshire, over 900 Christmas trees were collected and recycled earlier this month in exchange for a donation to the hospice.
Donna Adams, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at Dougie Mac said: “Our first Christmas tree collection has been a huge success. The cancellation of our usual fundraising events in 2020 have had an impact on our fundraising income. The tree collection was a fitting solution to help raise funds in a safe way as well as providing an environmentally friendly way to dispose of our Christmas trees. Local businesses including Afford Rent a Car, Network Rail, Klarius, KMF, Pinkstones Toyota, World of Wedgwood, Marsh Commercial, Brown Recycling, Spie UK, RKW Ltd, Unitas, Motus Commercial, Errington Outdoors, Rustic Landscapes, Freedom Assist and Mill Farm Recycling have all been paramount in the success of the collection and we are so grateful for their support.”
Jonathan McArdle, Development Leader at Insurance Broker firm, Marsh Commercial volunteered his time over the course of the weekend to collect trees to be recycled: “I wanted to help with the Christmas tree collection as Dougie Mac is a great asset to our community. The hospice supported my in-laws when they needed its services following my father-in-law’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. Being out in the van all day knowing that I was making a difference really gave me a lift mentally and it was so enjoyable to do something different.”
Jonathan also secured an additional £628.36 for trees he personally collected after applying to Marsh Commercial’s charity matched funding initiative. “Marsh Commercial offer their employees a fund match scheme to maximise charitable donations as well as 8 hours each year to volunteer. Dougie Mac’s tree collection was a great way to take advantage of these great benefits offered by Marsh and support a local charity that is important to me.”
Dougie Mac hopes to build on its first Christmas tree collection and expand the offer into even more postcodes across the area next year.
Donna continued: “We hope to repeat the tree collection annually in order to generate vital funds for our local hospice. With the continued support of our local community and corporate supporters, we are looking forward to an even bigger collection next year.”