Tree collection funds reach £1m

The East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection has topped the magical £1m mark in funds raised for the charity.
The latest annual collection, sponsored by AstraZeneca, will pass last year’s figure of £113,000, taking the total donated to the hospice in 19 years over seven figures.
More than 150 volunteers were out in force, collecting trees for recycling at the Ansa recycling plant in West Park, Macclesfield.
The centre is dubbed the Mulchers Arms, and a steady supply of refreshments was served to willing helpers.
Co-founder Richard Raymond said: “We’re so proud of everyone who has, once again, contributed to this extraordinary fundraising challenge.
“We’d like to thank everyone who helped out in so many ways, not just this year but in the past as well. It’s amazing to think how much has been raised since 2001.” 
He added: “We rely entirely on public support and thank everyone for their kind donations in lieu of collecting their trees.” 
Macclesfield-based Cheshire Vehicle Rental supplied 20 vans, almost half the fleet, for the operation.
Managing director John Kirkby said: “My company and staff have supported the tree collection for many years and were delighted to once again provide our vehicles for such a worthy cause.
“As a local company, we’re always keen to help the community and are thrilled to be involved in such a successful fundraising initiative. We originally provided two vans and over the years the collection has grown significantly.” 
Transport technology company TRU provided route-mapping software to simplify the logistical challenge.

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