North Wales builder helps charity raise £2.5K from Christmas tree collection

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A popular local charity has received a late Christmas present thanks to the help of a leading local builder.

Two HGV drivers from the Anwyl Group took time out of their busy schedule to collect discarded Christmas trees in return for donations to St Kentigern Hospice which totalled £2,500.

Xmas trees final: Anwyl HGV drivers who helped collect used Christmas trees for St Kentigern’s Hospice, Dave Jones, left, and Steve Colclough, right, with St Kentigern’s volunteer Alan Booth.

Dave Jones and Steve Colclough worked with Hospice volunteers on the weekend collection service and had a great response from residents of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire.

This is the second year the innovative service has run and Lindsey Thomas, from the St Asaph-based hospice, said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of a company like Anwyl. They have both the people and the equipment we needed to make this scheme a success.

“We are delighted with the response again and the donations to the hospice are expected to be in the region of £2,500. Thanks to you and your volunteers our patients and their families will benefit from the funds raised; without your help the scheme would not be a success.

“I hope we will be able to call on you again next year when we hope that the number of trees to collect and the amount of money raised will grow even more. Your continuing support of the hospice is greatly appreciated.

Tom Anwyl, Director of The Construction Division at the Anwyl Group said: “This is the second year we have been involved and we’re delighted to help out.

“St Kentigern Hospice is a wonderful charity which does so much great work for terminally ill people and their families throughout North East Wales and it’s something we’re very happy to support.”

St Kentigern operates a Day Care Unit at St Asaph which provides care for up to ten patients daily, five days a week, while the In-Patient Unit, opened in December 2000 has eight beds providing 24 hour care throughout the year.

It costs over £1.4 million a year to run the Hospice, more than £3800 a day, and just 18 per cent comes from the Local Health Board, only enough to support the Hospice for 68 days.

St Kentigern relies upon on the generosity of the communities it serves in North East Wales to raise the additional £1.15 million it needs for the rest of the year.

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