Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has once again joined forces with local company, Glendale Tree Services, who have removed and recycled a number of Council Christmas trees and donated money to charity.
Kirstie Cameron, who owns Glendale along with her husband Stewart, was delighted to present a cheque for £600 to Friends of the Cancer Centre, a charity which is very close to her heart.
She said: “Sadly I have had to experience the challenges involved with a loved one attending the Cancer Centre, with my husband who was previously a patient and my mother who is currently receiving treatment.
“Friends of the Cancer Centre is a fantastic charity who fund life-saving and life-changing projects that make a real difference to not only the patients, but to all those affected by cancer” says Kirstie.
She adds; “Attending the Centre for treatment or even appointments can be a very emotional and daunting experience for many.
“Friends of the Cancer Centre offer everyone who attends the Centre complimentary tea and coffee – a simple gesture that can make a big difference. Just £10 donated to the charity can fund 43 cups of tea or coffee for patients and their families.”
Claire Hogarth, Fundraising Manager with the charity, adds: “Glendale has been supporting our charity for over ten years and their generous donations have helped support our many projects which include funding vital medical equipment and research, financial grants for patients, complimentary therapy treatments and providing homely comforts for patients and their families.”
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Glendale Tree Services again this year.
“The Council is always trying to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill and Glendale has helped us to do this by composting and recycling the trees into woodchip mulch for horticultural use.
“This fantastic initiative has the added benefit of supporting a truly worthwhile charity, which is funding invaluable projects for many people affected by cancer”.
For more information on Friends of the Cancer Centre visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com or for more information on Glendale Tree Services visit www.glendaletreeservices.com