Important Communication about our Christmas Tree-Cycle Scheme
The latest lockdown means we are unable to continue with our scheme this year.
At Weldmar Hospicecare, we care for people with life limiting illnesses so it is important that we take all reasonable steps to protect the wellbeing of those using our services, as well as those working and volunteering for the charity. This is particularly relevant during the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK.
On Monday 4th January the Prime Minister announced the immediate national lockdown that has come into force to help manage the Covid-19 pandemic and we all need to play our part to reduce any unnecessary risks as much as possible.
This week we were due to hold our Christmas Tree-recycle scheme across Dorset, collecting over 1,000 trees to raise vital funds for the continuation of our services, as well as recycling the trees to help the environment.
Sadly, the lockdown means that we are simply no longer able to continue with the scheme as planned and are left with no other option than to cancel our plans. We understand how disappointing this news is to those who supported us this year with this fundraising activity but we must put the safety of our staff, volunteers, supporters at Magna Housing and our partners at Trinity Street Christmas Trees first.
Matt Smith, Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Weldmar Hospicecare said “We are devastated that we are unable to continue with the scheme this year after what was promising to be our most successful to date.”
“This comes after an extremely challenging year for fundraising events and activities at Weldmar, with us not holding any events or fundraisers such as this since January last year. We are extremely sorry to everyone who supported the scheme and of course will be offering a full refund. Since the start of Covid-19 we have seen the demand for our services significantly increase as we’ve continued to provide care and support right on the front line. Our services have remained fully open throughout the pandemic and we will continue providing care to everyone who needs us most over the challenging weeks and months ahead.”
We are encouraging everyone who participated in the scheme to continue to donate their fee to Weldmar Hospicecare so their donation can still be used by our dedicated team to continue providing vital end of life care with compassion, dignity and respect to those who need us right now. Without any fundraising events or activities and our shops closing once more, these donations truly will make a massive difference. Alternatively, if supporters feel unable to still donate their fee, we completely understand and will process all donations within 7 working days.
We are delighted to announce that Trinity Street Christmas Trees have already committed to supporting the scheme again next year. We will once again work in partnership with them to make it the biggest scheme to date.
From everyone at Weldmar Hospicecare, please stay safe, do not put yourself at risk, stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
We would like to sincerely thank Trinity Street Christmas Trees for joining partnership with us for the scheme this year as well as the staff at Magna Housing for their continued support