People living in Great Dunmow and surrounding areas are invited to recycle their Christmas trees to raise money for charity.

At the end of the festive season, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is offering to collect, take away and recycle Christmas trees, following the success of last year's tree collection.

Volunteers will collect trees from many CM and CO postcode areas between Friday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 9 next year.

Trees will be collected in CM0, CM1, CM2, CM3, CM4, CM7, CM77, CM8, CM9, CM11, CM12, CM13, CM14, CM15, CO1, CO2 7, CO2 8, CO2 9, CO3, CO4 0, CO4 3, CO4 6, CO5 0, CO5 9, CO6 1, CO7 0, CO7 7, CO7 8 and CO7 9 postcodes.

If you are having a real tree this year, you can book your collection on the charity's website at

All the money made from donations will go towards local people living with cancer.

Many businesses have already pledged to support the charity by providing vans, drivers and tree shredders - however more help would be welcomed.

Any local businesses who would like to help are asked to get in touch by calling 01245 380719.

The charity is also looking for volunteers to help with tree collections - all you need is a pair of gardening gloves.

If you would like to volunteer you can get in touch on the above number.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is based in Hatfield Peverel and was founded in 1999, following the death of BBC broadcaster Helen Rollason.

Prior to her death, Helen Rollason said: "Good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive. It should be available to everyone."


The charity supports men and women with all types of cancer at all stages - whether newly-diagnosed or longer-term, throughout treatment or after treatment is completed.

Their focus is to provide support for cancer patients' emotional wellbeing, alongside their existing medical treatment.

Support centres in Essex and London offer patients a range of complementary therapies including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups.