A CHARITY Christmas tree collection and recycling service is returning this year – with backing from the ‘gaffer’, Harry Redknapp.
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s initiative, now in its fifth year, is back by popular demand and has been backed by patron Harry, who said he would be using the service for the family tree.
The scheme, supported by Katie Fox Estate Agents, sees residents able to register to have their real tree collected online – in return for a donation to the charity.
All Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch postcodes are covered, from BH1 to BH23, and collections will take place between Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7.
Harry said: “Sarn and I know what we’re doing with our Christmas tree this year, thanks to Lewis-Manning.
“I hope lots of other people in the local community also make a donation for their tree to be collected too. They’re such a worthy cause that help so many people in Dorset.
“It’s fantastic to know that after Boxing Day we don’t have to worry about what to do with the tree.”
Area fundraiser for Lewis-Manning, Ruth Wright, said: “Not only is it a great service and fundraiser, but we love the fact we’re doing our bit for the environment by recycling the trees.
“Registering your tree online is easy, simply make a donation to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care on our website, specifying where you will leave your tree outside on the day of collection and we will take care of the rest.”
People are being encouraged to book early as spaces go fast. Bookings close on Tuesday, January 3.
Katie Fox Estate Agents director, Katie Fox, said: “When we were first approached by Lewis-Manning in 2021 to support this fantastic campaign it was an immediate yes.
“Not only was it about raising money to aid this wonderful charity but we loved that it was community based, which is whereas a business our hearts lie.
“Me and my team cannot wait to be part of it again this year and working alongside the amazing Lewis-Manning Hospice Care fundraising elves and the other fantastic businesses who volunteer their time to help the charity.”
Ruth added: “We are also very kindly supported by Eco Sustainable Solutions who will be recycling all the trees that we collect and many other local businesses who have offered their help and support again this year.”
For details and to register for a collection, visit lewis-manning.org.uk/christmas-tree-collection.