ONCE again the Sugrue family who own and run Belfield Christmas Trees, which supplies hundreds of Christmas trees to families all over north Kerry from their warehouse on the North Circular Road, are doing their bit for charity this festive season.
Every Christmas since 2007 the Sugrues have been collecting money and donating matching funds to the annual St Stephen's Day Charity Walk, which raises money for the Kerry Hospice Foundation and the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General Hospital.
Given the number of trees sold by Belfield Christmas Trees, there is always a huge pile of offcuts to be found in their warehouse. While they can't be sold, the offcuts can make ideal decorations and the Sugrues are giving them away to raise money for the Hospice Foundation.
The idea is that people can can take as many offcuts as they want for a small charity donation to the St Stephen's Day Walk bucket that hangs over the huge box of lush green offcuts.
The Sugrues will then match whatever is donated and present it to the Hospice Foundation on St Stephen's Day. Since the Sugrues started their partnership with walk organiser Michael "Fox" O'Connor they have donated around €1,000 a year to the fund.
"It's a great cause and we're happy to be able to do something to support it," said Samantha Sugrue.
Belfield Christmas Trees on Tralee's North Circular Road are open from 9.30am to 8.30 daily until Christmas.