Fortis Living to support hospice Christmas tree recycling initiative

Photo caption: L to R: Martin John and Paul Jones, both Grounds Maintenance Crew Leaders at Fortis Property Care.

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Worcestershire’s largest social housing landlord is supporting St Richard’s Hospice Christmas tree collection initiative. Fortis Property Care – a subsidiary of Fortis Living – will take part in the three day event next month where they will help collect and recycle hundreds of Christmas trees.

The recycling initiative takes place on Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January. FPC will provide two chippers and staff on Friday 11 January at The Countryside Centre, Worcester, with the trees being dropped off by volunteers throughout the day.

The campaign is now in its third year with Fortis Living having been involved since the start. Those wishing to take part, register their tree online and make a donation to the hospice by Tuesday 8 January; supporters can also opt to gift aid their donation. This year collections will take place in 13 postcodes throughout Worcestershire. Last year more than £10,000 was raised by supporters and a phenomenal 850 trees collected and chipped.

Simon Harris, Service Manager (Grounds Maintenance) from Fortis Property Care said: “Supporting community initiatives such as the hospice’s Christmas tree collection campaign is really important to us. It’s fabulous to be involved in assisting the hospice to raise such vital funds. We’d encourage as many people as possible to join up and get involved.”

Jayne Sargeant, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said: “We are delighted and grateful to Fortis Living for its continued support. Our Christmas tree campaign has been hugely popular with our supporters and is growing each year. Over the last two years, more than £16,000 has been raised towards our free specialist care, which is incredible. None of this would have been possible without the support of Fortis Living and all the other amazing volunteers giving up their time and resources.”

To register your tree visit www.strichards.org.uk/christmas-tree-collection.

For further information please visit www.fortisliving.com/christmas-tree.