Organisers of Coventry & Warwickshire’s annual Charity Christmas Tree Collection have been stunned by the generosity of donors and volunteers, with the 2023 collection raising a staggering £45,750.
This year’s collection of real Christmas trees in return for a charitable donation took place over the weekend of 13-15 January.
As in previous years the collection and organisation involved has grown significantly. The organising committee recorded a huge collection of 3308 trees with 71 Vans on the road.
205 volunteers joined the fun across the weekend, starting at Warwick Castle on Friday 13th gathering over 100 of the trees used in their Xmas Light Trail.
Many organisations took part this year including Amazon and DPD vans and drivers, vans from KBTS and commercial partners like Coventry Building Society, Bear Cleaning, Tudor Environmental and others.
BBC CWR’s morning show presenter Vic Minett even joined the team at Russells Garden Centre to check in the vans and trees on Saturday.
The 2022 collection raised £34,000 for local charities, The Myton Hospices and Pass The Smile. Total donations across the 4 years of the campaign have now exceeded £100,000.
Scott Crowther from Pass The Smile, who leads the endeavour, was delighted by the achievement.
Every year we’ve managed to grow in terms of trees, donations and the vast team of kind people who help us do this.
It never fails to surprise me that we have this level of support, folks who’ll come out in the wind & rain in freezing temperatures to raise money.
We obviously couldn’t do it without them.
Charlotte Ingram Director of Income Generation at The Myton Hospices said:
We are absolutely blown away by the amount raised this year from the Charity Christmas Tree Collection.
This will make a big difference for our patients and their families across Coventry and Warwickshire.
On behalf of everyone at Myton I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who makes the collections possible and to all those who support by making a donation!
For those who are already willing to commit to helping in December 2023 & January 2024, the team has set up a form where you can register your interest.
51% of the monies raised go to The Myton Hospices and 49% will go to Pass the Smile, a named research fund at the Childhood Cancer & Leukaemia Group.