St Ann’s Hospice receives belated Christmas £11,000 bonus

Claire Hinton, Chief Executive of Just Helping

St Ann’s Hospice has received a belated Christmas bonus – an £11,246 donation from national charity Just Helping, which organises Christmas tree collections in aid of 25 hospices.

More than a dozen Stockport groups collected 1,340 trees for recycling as part of a major community initiative.

Trees were collected by volunteers in lieu of a donation from the public, with a fifth of the total raised allocated to the organisation involved. Hazel Grove Scouts and St James’ Church in Gatley generously elected to give their donations to St Ann’s.

Just Helping chief executive Clare Hinton said: “We’d like to thank everyone who made a donation, the volunteers who took part and sponsors who covered costs.

“The idea of the charity is to bring communities together through volunteering and fundraising for local charities and hospices which do such a wonderful job. It also brings people into the hospice world and hopefully changes perceptions of them.

“Importantly, we want to be able to make donations to local charities as nominated by volunteers who help with the collection as well as helping small groups who generously give up their time and provide them with vital funds, whether it’s to buy new kit, tents or stoves.”

Just Helping was founded in Prestbury in 2012 through philanthropic support. More than £150,000 was raised from all the Christmas tree collections in 2017.

The charity hopes to expand its collection in aid of St Ann’s Hospice to cover Didsbury, Worsley, the Heatons, Altrincham and Hale. For more details contact info@just-helping.org.uk.

Groups that helped St Ann’s received the following donations –

Francis House £250; Kidscan £225; Stockport Send Families £300; Stockport Mind £225; The Wellspring, Stockport £100; Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care £250; Chelwood Food Bank £350; Stockport branch for Guide Dog training £50; A Moment in Time £50; Stockport Tadpoles £50; Early Essentials £50; Bramhall Cricket Club £250; Trinity Cricket Club £250; St James Church Gatley £100; Hazel Grove Scouts £250.

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