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The Hospice of St Francis

About this Collection

The Hospice of St Francis is delighted to be bringing the first Christmas Tree Collection to Harpenden (AL5) and St Albans (AL1, AL2, AL4) over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of January 2018.

No longer will you be forever finding pine needles in your car, or desperately trying to squash your tree into your garden waste bin! For a small donation the Hospice will collect your tree right from your door and take it away to be recycled.

The Hospice of St Francis is thrilled to be partnering with the Harpenden Lions and St Albans Lions on this exciting new project to raise much needed funds for local Hospice care.  Teams of volunteers will be out in specially commissioned vans over the 6/7th January to collect your trees. The Hospice is hoping to raise over £4,000 which will go towards caring for patients in our beds - many of whom come from the Harpenden and St Albans area.





For queries or further information about the Christmas tree collection please call us on 01442 869555 or email Hannah Norton -

About the Hospice

The Hospice of St Francis provides care and support to those living with life-limiting illness and their loved ones, throughout West Herts and South Bucks.  Supporting over 2,000 people a year, The Hospice of St Francis cares for people from across the area in its Hospice beds, through its Community Nursing team who support people at home and via its health and wellbeing hub, The Spring Centre which offers a range of therapeutic courses, activities and bereavement support groups.

All the services the Hospice provides are completely free of charge. However it costs over £5million a year to run, with less than 15% of this coming from the NHS. The Hospice of St Francis relies heavily on the generous support of the local community in order to continue to provide its expert care.

St Albans resident Brian Darby, 38, explains how the Hospice changed everything for his family. “Dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in August last year and we really weren’t prepared for it,” he says. “He was a fit, strong 71-year-old who just six weeks before, had been happy renovating a bathroom and playing 18 holes of golf with his fellow golfers and friends at Aldwickbury Golf Club in Harpenden.

“The 17 days he was in hospital was a difficult time. With stretched resources, cancelled appointments, a near two-week wait for a biopsy, delayed results and what felt like a new doctor every day without a clear plan meant that, despite the hard working staff, the system seemed to be failing us whilst time was running out.

“We knew about The Hospice of St Francis and were overcome with relief when a bed became available for Dad. Within minutes of arriving there, one of the specialist doctors spent time with us. She explained the situation, detailing Dad’s medical condition and helped us to understand what was coming. We were just in a different league of care.

“It’s hard to explain how grateful we are that Dad spent his final days at the Hospice, which transformed the last days of his life and our last days with him. It really was a little bit of heaven before his passing.”

By supporting our first Christmas Tree Collection you are ensuring The Hospice of St Francis is always able to provide care and support when it matters most.  Thank you.

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