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14 January 2021
Last year, Menzies Distribution joined forces with the Pilgrims Hospice in Kent to support their Tree recycling scheme. Volunteers from Menzies Distribution took part in the collection and recycling of 200 Christmas trees, which helped raise in excess of £21,000 for the Hospice.
This year, Menzies wanted to help again but on a much larger scale and using more of our national network. Our CSR team reached out to our depots to explore any local charities that are running a similar scheme and if we can support. As a result, we discovered five charities across four locations that were delighted to let us help with the Christmas tree collections with our volunteers and vans.
From our Coventry, Belfast, Chester and Preston sites, Menzies have been able to support the following charities in their fundraising;
Pass the Smile for Ben
This is special named fund on behalf of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, the experts in childhood cancer, that are committed to shaping a future where all children survive and live happy, healthy, independent lives. ‘Pass the Smile for Ben’ is set up for the raising of funds for research into rhabdomyosarcoma and supportive care
The Myton Hospices believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life; and they focus on enhancing life when cure is no longer an option. They are leaders in compassionate end of life care; with work focussing on patient wellbeing and involving them in decisions about their care.
Northern Ireland Hospice is a local charity offering specialist respite, symptom management and end of life palliative care to 4,000 infants, children and adults each year across Northern Ireland.
Hospice of the Good Shepherd
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd focus on helping families in Cheshire with Specialist Palliative Care. Working closely with other health care professionals, they provide quality specialist palliative and end of life care for the people, relatives and carers of the local community.
Queenscourt Hospice is a local charity that provides support for the people of West Lancs, Southport and Formby. Caring for patients with serious illnesses, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life at each new stage.
The exact sum raised isn’t yet known, but at the last count the donations were well over £11,000. The day was met with high spirts from all the volunteers but also a sense of caution, as all volunteers adhered to social distancing and safety guidelines whilst carrying out the collections.
Menzies Distribution is delighted to be able to help local based charities in the communities where we live in work.