March woman’s tree-mendous idea to give Christmas joy to struggling families

Christmas Tree Appeal, March'LtoR, Megan Dolbear, Jackie Hudson, Hayley Dolbear, Liz Stratton and Noah Stratton ANL-141127-212356009
Christmas Tree Appeal, March'LtoR, Megan Dolbear, Jackie Hudson, Hayley Dolbear, Liz Stratton and Noah Stratton ANL-141127-212356009
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A March woman has come up with a tree-mendous idea to spread festive cheer to those facing tough times this Christmas.

Hayley Dolbear and friends will be giving away Christmas trees and decorations to people who are struggling to make ends meet.

She will be distributing 150 trees and countless decorations collected last year through Tree Bank and is hoping to hear from struggling families.

Miss Dolbear is also appealing for donations of old and unwanted Christmas trees and decorations.

She was inspired to start Tree Bank after an act of kindness from a friend helped her to overcome a difficult Christmas.

Mother-of-two Miss Dolbear said: “A few years ago, I couldn’t afford a tree but someone was kind enough to notice I didn’t have one and gave me theirs.

“Christmas trees are symbolic and make the season colourful and special.

“Someone really helped me when I needed it and I want to give something back. Christmas is special and people are struggling so much.

“This will add a bit of Christmas cheer. I would like to ask people to do something nice for others.”

Miss Dolbear began collecting the trees and decorations in 2012 but this will be the first year she gets to distribute the trees.

Lucky recipients will be able to keep the trees and decorations.

Miss Dolbear is also hoping that people will be generous and donate chocolate Christmas tree decorations to add extra sparkle to the tree.

Trees and decorations will be collected until Friday, December 12. Donations can be left at St Peter’s, St Wendreda’s and St John’s churches in March. If you would like to apply for a tree contact a March church or the town’s Food Bank or, alternatively, email Hayley at treebank25@gmail.com