Repair 1st staff help turn trees into money
Published by Nicola Mileham for Stockport Homes in Communities and also in Housing, Local Government
Nigel Carstairs and Mark Halstead amongst the trees
On 5 January, Stockport Homes’ repairs and maintenance team, Repair 1st helped St Ann’s Hospice with its annual Christmas tree recycling campaign.
Repair 1st staff members Nigel Carstairs and Mark Halstead volunteered their time to collect Christmas trees from the Stockport community in return for a small donation.
All donations went to St Ann’s Hospice to help care for and help around 3,000 patients (over the age of 16) and their families and carers every year who are affected by cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses. The trees were also chipped and recycled to create all kinds of products with partner Bartletts, the tree experts.
The campaign was first launched in 2008 and has increased in size year on year. Last year alone 326 trees were collected and an incredible £3,048 was collected for St Ann’s Hospice.
Mark Halstead, Customer Care and Community Manager, Repair 1st said, “What a great project. Customers were happy to help out by leaving donations and we were happy to help by picking up the trees. Nigel and I were exhausted after the day and felt like we really contributed to this worthy cause.”
Joel Oxberry, Funding Officer, St Ann’s Hospice said, “I just wanted to say a quick thank you to Mark and Nigel for all their help and support; and well done with the resilience!”
Photo caption: Nigel Carstairs and Mark Halstead amongst the trees
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