Seasonal smiles are just an email away thanks to a treebank service by a March Mum

Hayley Dolbear has collected more than 150 trees they are now looking for people who want one so tha

Hayley Dolbear has collected more than 150 trees they are now looking for people who want one so that she can hand them out. Left: Megan, Hayley and Isabella Dolbear. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A mother of two is spreading seasonal cheer by collecting more than 150 trees and piles of decorations and lights to give out to people in need this Christmas.

Hayley Dolbear is now appealing for anybody who is struggling with finances and needs a sprinkling of seasonal smiles to get in touch so she can send out an army of delivery helpers to take them a tree and some decorations.

Ms Dolbear said: “A couple of years ago it was a bad year for me. I had to make the decision, do I buy my girls gifts or do I get a tree? The gifts won.

“A neighbour noticed I had no tree so she bought a spare one round for me - I was so touched by her kindness that I wanted to return the favour by organising a tree delivery service.”

Last year she put out an appeal for trees and decorations using specially printed flyers and through the pages of church newsletters.


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The flyers were designed by local graphic design artist Lucy Norton and funded by Debbie Buck at March complimentary health clinic, DK Therapy, with discount printing thanks to Fenland Walk printers.

She said: “The response has been crazy. It has been a bit emotional. I can’t believe people’s generosity.

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“I have piles and piles of decorations, lights, ornaments, boxes of brand new wooden decorations. You name it I’ve got it.

“What started as a little idea last year has grown into this massive thing.”

The artificial trees have been in storage at local March business, Artificial Grass Cambridge, but are now in the hall of St John’s Church where Ms Dolbear and friends from All Saints Academy School which her children Isabella, 5, and Megan, 3, attend, have been helping her prepare for a mass delivery of the goodies.

Some will be offered to people who attend the Tuesday foodbank at St Wendredas Church while the rest are still in need of a good home.

“Anybody who would like a tree then do please get in touch. All of them need good homes to go to,” said Ms Dolbear.

Contact her by emailing treebank25@gmail.com

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