Caring Christmas trees
Bethany Christian Trust
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has lent his support to an innovative festive initiative that helps homeless people in Edinburgh and Fife in winter by buying a beautiful Christmas tree.
The Caring Christmas Tree Appeal, which has been running since 2005, has funded more than 7000 bed spaces for homeless people at Bethany Christian Trust’s Winter Care Shelter in Edinburgh and helped fund the charity’s five drop-in facilities in Fife.
The appeal ensures that, for every tree bought, a homeless person will receive a hot meal and shelter as well as advice at the Trust’s shelters and drop-in centres.
The Prime Minister, the MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, bought two trees last year, one for his home in Fife and the other for his constituency office, and has already placed his order for this coming Christmas.
Mr Brown said: ‘I am delighted to support Bethany Christian Trust’s Caring Christmas Tree Appeal and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the excellent work they do, not only at Christmas, but all year round.”
In 2006, between November and April, the money raised by the appeal allowed the charity’s vital shelters to offer hope to more than 750 homeless men and women.
Catherine Rawlinson-Watkins, Fundraising Manager, Bethany Christian Trust, said: “Winter is a very dangerous and unpleasant time to be homeless and the Caring Christmas Tree idea works because it’s very simple. Many people, including the Prime Minister, want new Christmas trees and we need to provide services to the homeless. We are over the moon that Mr Brown is continuing to support our work.”
The trees on sale are sourced from sustainable forests by members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association. The popular non-needle drop Nordman fir Christmas trees cost around £5 per foot and are from four to eight feet tall.
Customers can choose their preferred tree size, pick up point and collection date.
Christmas trees can be ordered online at www.caringchristmastrees.com or over the phone on 0845 111 8733.
Orders must be placed by December 12th.