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Charity Hails Success of Christmas Trees Fundraiser

Friday January 11

Caring Christmas Trees volunteers at St Stephen's Comely Bank Church in Edinburgh


The homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust has revealed that its Caring Christmas Trees campaign sold over 3000 trees and raised £53,000.

Caring Christmas Trees, a unique social enterprise that has been running for 16 years, sells to residents and businesses across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Glasgow and Fife.The money raised contributes to the running of Bethany’s Winter Care Shelter and other winter projects with the homeless.

Alasdair Bennett, Chief Executive at Bethany Christian Trust said: “Due to the generosity of those who chose to buy a Caring Christmas Tree, hundreds of people had somewhere warm, dry and safe to spend Christmas. We were able to provide care, support services, hot food and bed spaces to those in need throughout the festive season, and we are supremely grateful to everyone who bought a tree in 2018.”

Kevin Downie, Project Coordinator, added: “We are taken aback by the uptake and support for Caring Christmas Trees. Not only were Christmas shoppers choosing to support Bethany’s vital winter work by purchasing a Caring Christmas Tree, we also received a fantastic response from volunteers who gave up their own time to help out at our tree distribution sites in the run up to Christmas.

“We have since received some fantastic feedback from our Caring Christmas Trees customers: 86% of buyers agreed their tree provided great value for money, 89% stated their tree was either good or excellent quality, and a huge 89% of customers had previously purchased a Caring Christmas Tree, proving that customers keep coming back year after year.”

 


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