St Helena Hospice is donated six Christmas trees

Tim Smith from Fred Smith’s Christmas Trees and Jennifer Austin from Informa presenting the first of

Tim Smith from Fred Smiths Christmas Trees and Jennifer Austin from Informa presenting the first of the trees to Sarah Wilson of St Helena Hospice and Dandy Lion, the St Helena Hospice mascot. Picture: ST HELENA HOSPICE - Credit: Archant

Christmas is on its way to St Helena Hospice thanks to the generosity of two local businesses.

Between them Boxted-based Fred Smith’s Christmas Trees and Informa, of Sheepen Place, Colchester, are donating six trees to be put up at the hospice’s Myland Hall in Highwoods, and the Tendring Centre in Jackson Road, Clacton.

The trees donated by family-run Fred Smith’s, which has been supporting the hospice for more than 30 years, will be decorated with dedication tags written by people who have donated to the hospice’s Tree of Memories appeal.

Trees donated by Informa are being decorated by hospice staff and will be on display for patients and visitors to enjoy.

Tim Smith, owner of Fred Smith’s Christmas Trees, said: “I’m extremely pleased to continue supporting the hospice.

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“It’s a local cause that we’ve been involved with for the last 31 years and we hope to continue supporting it.”

Jennifer Austin of Informa added: “St Helena Hospice is a charity that means a great deal to us. Our partnership with St Helena isn’t just about donating money, it’s about our colleagues working together and supporting a local charity in so many different ways.”

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Sarah Wilson, corporate relationships manager at St Helena Hospice, said: “We’re grateful to Fred Smith’s and Informa for their support of the hospice over many years.

“The trees will be appreciated by our patients, their families, our supports and staff over the Christmas period.”

To find out more about the Tree of Memories appeal visit

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