Dealership raises cash for charity in old Christmas tree collection

A car dealership has been raising cash for charity by collecting people’s old Christmas trees in return for a donation.

Gilder Mitsubishi, a family-run business in Chesterfield, linked up with other volunteers working on the project in support of Ashgate Hospicecare. The dealership used a Mitsubishi L200 pick-up to visit people’s homes and remove the used fir trees to a collection point.

Charity work not only benefits those the money is being raised for, but is also an important part of a business’ corporate social responsibility actions. But if you are getting involved with charities locally and using your vehicles, make sure you are properly covered by your motor trade insurance and road risks insurance for the kind of work you want to carry out.

The Gilder dealership has been working with Ashgate Hospicecare in Old Brampton since 2014. Last year, staff from the business were among the participants in a fancy dress sponsored walk and the dealership also sent a support vehicle and bottled water for a Sparkle Night Work organised by the hospice.

The Christmas tree collection raised £1,700 from 158 homes which made a donation in return for having their trees removed. The trees were then chipped for recycling by another local company which donated its time and equipment to the charity for free.

Gilder’s sales manager, Daniel Wheeldon, who drove the Mitsubishi pick-up around collecting the trees, told Car Dealer magazine: “Ashgate Hospicecare is a long-established and much-loved charity in the Chesterfield area and we will always do what we can to help.

“It’s fantastic that so many people supported the hospice’s scheme and managed to raise money while getting rid of their Christmas trees. The hospice does incredible and inspirational work and we are happy to have helped.”

The hospice thanked the dealership for its “fantastic” help and ongoing support of the charity.