Two Grimsby tips that was decorated and transformed into a winter wonderland has raised over £10,500 for charity.

Recycling tips in Grimsby and Immingham were decorated by staff in December 2020, turning junk into quirky Christmas characters.

The decorations were mainly made out of old tyres, traffic cones and other bits and pieces found at the centre.

The Three Kings of Grimsby and Immingham. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Visitors who saw the recycled festive creations donated generously to thank the staff for spreading some Christmas cheer during a difficult year.

One particular visitor even donated £500 by themselves just before Christmas, and all donations will be split between charities and local good causes.

These include Young Carers, Not Home Alone, Harbour Place and Nunny Farm.

This Santa Claus hopes you have a wheely good Christmas. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

As well as public donation, the team at the community recycling centre gave a large box of Christmas decorations, as well as £200, to Fairways Care Home in Grimsby.

CRC’s at Grimsby and Immingham remain open daily from 8am to 6pm and are both run by North East Lincolnshire Council’s waste management contractor Newlincs Development Ltd.

A snowman with a twist. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Staff at the site are working their socks off to cheer people up during the Christmas holiday.

“The site looks fantastic and is putting big smiles on visitors’ faces.

“I’m grateful to all visitors who generously donated money as a thank you for their efforts.

“To make more than £10,000 in just a month is a fantastic achievement and will make a big difference to people facing hard times.”

St Barnabas Hospice has had to cancel its charity collection of Christmas trees to recycle this year due to the country being put back into lockdown.

The charity had originally planned to drive across the county to collect and recycle any Christmas trees in an environmentally conscious way in January, for a small donation.

The announcement of a third national lockdown has caused these plans to be cancelled, though.

The ‘Treecycle’ scheme had been planned as a fundraiser for the hospice, with hopes of reaching a £30,000 target to backfill the deficit lost from having to cancel other fundraisers in 2020.

It is hoped that the collections will return next year, starting on January 8, 2022, but those who had arranged collections for this year are being contacted about a refund if needed.

Fundraising officer for the hospice, Louise Cotton, with last year’s recycled trees. | Photo: St Barnabas Hospice

Chris Wheway, St Barnabas CEO, said: “Following the government’s tier 4 COVID restrictions announced on December 30, we put a halt to new registrations for our Treecycle scheme.

“After further discussion and exploring every possible option, we have decided to cancel all collections due to safety concerns.

“We are very disappointed to have to announce this, but safety is paramount – the hospice is about caring for people, and we would never want to put people in danger.

“We have looked at all options, but due to the nature of the collections, we cannot facilitate this safely without the risk of spreading the virus.”

Chris also apologised to supporters of the hospice, and thanked those who have donated during the pandemic.

“We are so sorry to let our kind supporters down. We have invested a huge amount of planning time and effort into the fundraising event, but we are confident that we can provide this service next year, once it is safe to do so.

“A huge thank you to each and every supporter who has donated, this money is so vital to support the hospice and the care it provides to thousands of people each year.”

Bransby Horses, one of the UK’s largest horse rescue charities, will close until April amid tier 4 restrictions for Lincolnshire.

The equine welfare charity operates from two sites in Lincolnshire, in Lincoln and Langworth, but will close its doors until April 1 after the region was put into tier 4 lockdown.

It has been estimated that over £500,000 of revenue has been lost as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the charity will now be temporarily closing to the public.

The decision was made due to typically having lower visitor numbers during the first months of the year, as well as the ongoing risk of COVID-19.

The pandemic was just added financial stress on the charity, which had already been hit with serious flood damage after heavy rainfall in 2019.

Bransby Horses’ site was flooded. | Photo: Bransby Horses

Over 40% of its facilities were lost as a result in the flooding, but planning permission to build new animal welfare centre was approved by West Lindsey District Council in February 2020.

Despite the financial difficulty, Bransby Horses are promising a new play park will be ready to welcome visitors back when the charity reopens in April 2021.

Jo Snell, CEO at Bransby Horses, said: “We know that these temporary measures are the right thing to do to protect our teams and the future of our charity.

“We will miss welcoming loyal and new supporters in early 2021 and greatly look forward to welcoming them back in April for Easter.”

Bransby Horses will still welcome online donations and sponsors via their website despite the closures, as well as continuing round the clock care for the 300 plus animals at their sites.

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