People can help the environment and raise funds for a great local charity in the New Year by donating their old Christmas cards to St Giles Hospice.

As families and businesses pack away the decorations for another year, they can go green for 2019 and stop their unwanted cards ending up in a landfill with the help of St Giles and our recycling partner Smurfitt Kappa.

The recycling company will turn the cards into reusable material – with the hospice being paid the full value for the weight of the card products.

Donors can hand their cards in at any of the 30 St Giles shops around the region.

Sally Insley Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager at St Giles Hospice, said: “Recycling your Christmas cards for St Giles is both great for the environment and a wonderful way to make money for the hospice without spending money – at a time of year when cash can be short!

“We’ve been running this fantastic scheme with our partners Smurfitt Kappa since 1990 and thanks to their generosity and the support of our donors we have raised almost £50,000 to support the hospice’s vital work helping to care for local people and their families who are living with a potentially terminal illness.”

“So please come to St Giles and drop off those Christmas cards so we can turn them into funding that will make a real difference to local people’s lives.”

For further details of the Christmas cards recycling scheme contact the St Giles Hospice fundraising team at fundraising@stgileshospice.com or call 01543 432538.