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Lewis-Manning Hospice Care carried out its annual Christmas tree collection service at the beginning of January and are reflecting on the success of the benefits of the service. The popular initiative, now in its 4th year, raised over £10,000 with in excess of 700 trees collected. The campaign has generated huge environmental benefits and through its recycling partner, Eco Sustainable Solutions, the trees were shredded and placed in to windrows and when composted will produce 7 tonnes of product, such as Eco Mix soil improver.

Area Fundraiser, Ruth said, “We are thrilled at how our Christmas tree collection service has grown again this year and are extremely proud of the level of recycling that was achieved and how many local lives this money will help. The overwhelming support you have given us will make such a difference and enable lots of people in the community receive the support and care they need and deserve. The amount raised will enable the hospice to pay for over 100 hours of nursing care.

“We’ve had some fantastic business partners who have contributed to the success of this initiative. There are so many thanks to make; Leader Fox Estate Agents, Eco Sustainable Solutions, Abacus and Compton Acres who lent us vans, Dorset Tree Surgeons, James Dean Landscaping for helping us to chip the trees and deliver to Eco, our army of volunteer collectors which included ‘Man with a Van!’, Irwin-Mitchell solicitors, Barratt Homes, Greendale Construction, Easy Storage and Kemp Sails.

“It’s been a huge operation but the support that we received was a big help, so a huge thanks to everyone who got involved, whether it was a donation or volunteering your time, you’ve made a real difference.”

Leader Fox Estate Agents Director, Katie said, “When we were initially approached by Lewis-Manning to help support this wonderful fundraising event it was a simple answer. As an agency we love to be involved with our community and felt excited to be a part of this. All the team at the hospice work so tirelessly hard and the work they do is amazing. We are so pleased that our contribution helped towards raising money for the event and we look forward to helping them with future fundraisers. Thanks to our community for all their generous donations and Lewis-Manning Hospice Care keep up the great work you do for your patients.”

Peter, Commercial Director at Eco Sustainable Solutions concluded, “We are delighted to have been able to support the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Christmas tree collection for yet another year. As well as being able to show our support for such a worthwhile cause, it’s also been a great way of showing how we can turn waste into wonderful products that can be used again. As a business we are extremely proud of the amount of product that we give away each year to support charitable and community- based projects in Dorset. Helping the local community in this way is something we are always keen to do!”

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