Staff from RfM Ulverston helped turn fir trees into funds by giving their time to support St. Mary’s Hospice on their annual Christmas Tree collection day on Saturday 14th January.
Dan Newton and David McKendry volunteered six hours of their time on Saturday morning to assist St. Mary’s Hospice with their annual Christmas Tree collection day. Along with a number of volunteers from other local businesses and hospice staff, they helped to raise a fantastic £3,000!
Dan and David donned safety goggles, gloves and hi-vis vests and between them collected over 100 Christmas trees from hospice supporters. Amounts from £5.00 upwards were donated for each tree collected.
The day began at 8.30am start for a briefing, cup of coffee and a bacon sandwich (or two!). Then it was off around Barrow and Ulverston for the next six hours. Fortunately, the weather was kind and all everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day in the lovely winter sunshine.
Sense of achievement
David said, “The hospice is close to many people in the local area for the care and support they offer families when they need it most. This is the second year I’ve volunteered for the Christmas tree collection and the sense of achievement you get is wonderful.
“Maybe it’s because it’s so different from the day job and the hospice are so grateful for the support. My wife reminded me as I left the house on Saturday morning that I’m doing it for my late father-in-law Brian, who along with the family benefited so much from the care and support of the wonderful people at St. Mary’s Hospice.”
Dan said, “My first time on the tree collection activity and I really enjoyed the experience.
“It’s just nice to give something back to an important part of our community. So many local people have been touched by the hospice at some time in their lives and everyone appreciates the work they do. This was my way of showing my appreciation.”