This annual fundraising event brings together businesses from across the local area, to collect Christmas trees from residents who have signed up and donated to have theirs taken away via the Just Helping programme.

This year, the Rygor volunteers who included finance manager, Helen Wyatt and her partner Matt, utilised a Mercedes-Benz eSprinter to collect the trees, perfect for the city of Bath which recently introduced a clean air zone (class C).

Helen said: “It was another great day helping Dorothy House; always a pleasure, always a giggle and always something to laugh about! Armed with Hi-Vis jackets, coffee and snacks, we set out and squished as many Christmas trees into that eSprinter as we could - it was like the Doctor Who Tardis! Matt was our very own Bath born and bred driver, who we renamed ‘Matt-Nav’, as he knew where we were going before even the route planner did! We collected trees from streets and lanes we never knew existed! He was a star, and my wonderful colleague Rachel was brilliant as ever and will simply just muck in, we couldn’t have done it without her help. A great time was had despite the wet weather and wet trees, and all for such a great cause. I am still finding pine needles now, but it was well worth it! I hope Dorothy House smashed their target.”

A real highlight for the team was collecting the Christmas tree from the Royal Crescent, an iconic location in the city. The tree was so large that it had been cut up into multiple sections by the residents’ association, but it all still fit in the eSprinter.

The Rygor business has recently updated its employee-nominated Charities of the Year programme and encourages each of its sites to choose their own local charity to exclusively fundraise for in 2022.

Tim Stacey, Rygor managing director, said: “We appreciate that many of our team members hold certain local charities close to their hearts, so we felt this update to our Charities of the Year initiative would enable more of our team to feel even more connected to the worthwhile causes being supported this year. It’s been a hard time for many over the past couple of years and charities have been hit hard, so it is incredible to be able to continue to support them through Rygor’s Charities of the Year initiative. Not only will we be encouraging our team members to fundraise as a branch for their specific chosen charity, but the business will also be contributing to each site’s fundraising total at the end of the year. We know that for many of our colleagues, being able to get involved with charity events and collections is a great way to come together as a team. We also understand that supporting others can be beneficial to our own wellbeing, so we are delighted to be able to continue to offer this programme for our team to be involved with.”

The Rygor business will officially launch the new programme in February, but it is thrilled to confirm that Winsley-based Dorothy House is the charity which has been nominated by the employees of its Westbury branch for 2022.

Steph Cox, community and events fundraising manager for Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “This was our sixth Christmas tree collection, with a record amount of trees signed up to be collected. We are so pleased to have raised over £63,500 as this will go such a long way towards providing the vital care and support in our local community. We really couldn’t run the collection without the amazing support of businesses such as Rygor. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the team for working so hard, in all elements!”

Dorothy House is an independent charity which offers all its services free of charge. It provides compassionate care and support for people in the local community with life-limiting illnesses. The charity’s focus is on quality of life, helping patients to live well and die well, giving care and support to patients and their families across a 700sq mile area, which includes Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) and parts of Wiltshire and Somerset.