Church Walks Charities in Bury St Edmunds recycles Christmas wreaths to raise funds

Simon Harding, of Church Walks Charities, has raised ?108,556 over 12 years ANL-160401-152314001
Simon Harding, of Church Walks Charities, has raised ?108,556 over 12 years ANL-160401-152314001
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A charity which raises money for local causes is hoping to fund a complete kit for a First Responder through its efforts, including its wreath recycling scheme.

Church Walks Charities has raised more than £108,000 for charity over the past 12 years through a range of activities.

It is now recycling discarded Christmas wreaths ready to see materials used again for next year’s festive decorations and sold for charity.

The clever scheme run by Simon Harding and Valerie Clegg from their Church Walks home involves local crematoria and the town cemetery donating wreaths which are dismantled and reuseable materials washed and stored for next year. They have pledged £2,500 to the Community First Responders for a complete emergency kit.

Discarded wreaths can also be left at 26, Church Walks, between Bridewell Lane and College Street, Bury St Edmunds.

In 2015 funds were raised for The Samaritans, Bury Watermeadows Group, the Womens Refuge and St Nicholas Hospice Care.