Recycle your Christmas trees to help hospice

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Wakefield Hospice is offering to recycle real Christmas trees in return for a small donation.

The hospice has teamed up with Arrow Self Drive and local volunteers to offer a collection service from January 7 to 11.

For a minimum donation of £8, your tree will be collected and recycled into wood chips, which will be spread around the hospice gardens.

All residents need to do is sign up online, tell the team where the tree will be left and make a donation and the tree will be picked up.

The hospice - which has already raised more than £3,000 by selling trees before Christmas - is also looking for volunteers to help with the collections.

Anyone who has a few hours to spare on January 7 to 11 should email danielle.norman@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or call 01924 213900.

Volunteers will be provided with a van and maps to complete the route.

Last year, the nationwide campaign collected more than 5,000 trees and raised more than £55,000 for hospices around the country.

To sign up online, visit www.charityxmastreecollection.com

Wakefield Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with progressive and life threatening illnesses. The annual running costs of the facility are between £3.9 million and £4.2 million, most of which is raised through charity events, donations and fundraisers.

Visit www.wakefieldhospice.org for more information.