HUNDREDS of Christmas trees were collected by a hospice to fundraise for its services.

Tynedale Hospice at Home partnered with Hexham-based MKM Building Supplies and Betel UK, and Procters Property Maintenance in Ponteland, to collect real Christmas trees in a first for both the Hospice and the area.

Hexham Courant: Alec Procter of Procters Property Maintenance with vanAlec Procter of Procters Property Maintenance with van (Image: Tynedale Hospice at Home)

These corporate partners gave their time, vans and fuel for free, along with volunteers and staff, to clear trees in exchange for a donation to Tynedale Hospice which was administrated through Just Helping, a national charity partner.

Just Giving supported the Hospice with logistics and route planning.

Hexham Courant: MKM Building Supplies collecting treesMKM Building Supplies collecting trees (Image: Tynedale Hospice at Home)

Trees were sold to Northumberland County Council's garden waste recycling partner, Codlaw Farm, to be repurposed into high-quality compost, soil conditioner, and wood chippings.

The Hospice sold 209 trees and raised £4,145.

Hexham Courant: Tynedale Hospice at Home sold 209 trees and raised more than £4,000Tynedale Hospice at Home sold 209 trees and raised more than £4,000 (Image: Tynedale Hospice at Home)

A spokesperson from Tynedale Hospice at Home said: "As a charity, we’re always looking for new ways to raise funds and at the same time play a role in the community.

Hexham Courant: The trees being collected by Tynedale Hospice at HomeThe trees being collected by Tynedale Hospice at Home (Image: Tynedale Hospice at Home)

"This new Christmas Tree collection is the perfect way to do that. Customers are happy to pay a modest donation to take away the hassle of getting rid of their real Christmas tree.

"We were able to sign up volunteers including corporate and charity partners Betel, Procters Property Maintenance and Development and MKM Building Supplies to help us rid streets of trees over two days at the start of January.

"We’re grateful to them and to everyone who booked a slot this year. We plan to bring it back bigger and better next year."