Green Lothians MSP, Robin Harper and Green Council Convenor, Alison Johnstone will be at the Bethany Christmas Tree at Morningside Clock, Morningside Road at 9.30am on Friday 30th November.Â
For the third year running Scottish charity Bethany Christian Trust are running their excellent “Caring Christmas Trees” scheme where all money made by the Charity through sale of their trees, goes straight to helping homeless people in the cold winter period.Â As well as the City of Edinburgh Council, churches, schools and businesses across the Lothians have ordered Caring Christmas Trees to help homeless people this winter.Â Â Proceeds from the Caring Christmas Tree sales help fund Bethany’s life-saving Winter Care Shelter service which is hosted in Edinburgh City Centre churches, and provides around 750 rough sleepers with overnight accommodation, hot meals and advice every night for 5 months during the winter.
Robin Harper said “Bethany offers a life-line to many people, providing essential services like shelter, heat and food.Â If you’re going to buy a Christmas tree, please buy one that helps people out this winter.Â The cost of funding the Care Shelter is around Â£100,000 so Bethany need to aim high, with sales of at least 4000 Christmas trees in Edinburgh needed.”
Councillor Johnstone said “To keep costs down, Bethany needs about 400 volunteers to promote and distribute trees.Â Using volunteers lets Bethany plough maximum profit into providing vital services for homeless people.Â Do volunteer if you can and tell friends about the project.”
For further information please call Alison Johnstone on 07973 110054
The Caring Christmas trees scheme works through pre-ordering, with customers selecting their preferred tree size, collection point and date for collection.
Trees can be ordered via www.caringchristmastrees.com or call 0845 111 8733.Â Simply choose the size of tree, date and pick up point which suits.