Airport funding kickstarts hospice’s environmental plans

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 A grant of £20,000 from East Midlands Airport has helped Treetops Hospice install solar panels at its site in Risley, Derbyshire.

The money was made available from EMA’s Community Fund as part of a pilot project to support community, charity and voluntary sector organisations to make the transition to more sustainable energy use. The initial round of funding was ringfenced specifically for local hospices.

It is anticipated that the forty-two solar panels will generate 13051 kWh during a typical year, with over 80% of the electricity generated expected to be used directly by Treetops.

Treetops Hospice Chief Executive, Julie Heath, said she was delighted to see the solar panels installed:

“We are very committed to playing a responsible role in the local community, including developing and delivering our environmental policy. The grant from East Midlands Airport kickstarts our plans to introduce greener ways of working in the future.

“The solar panels should help us save up to £2,000 every year in energy costs. This is the equivalent amount we must raise to provide 20 nights of end-of-life nursing care for local patients.”

Councillor Angus Sowter, East Midlands Airport Community Fund Committee member, said:

“When the committee considered a sustainable energy fund, there was unanimous support for offering our local hospices funding in the first instance.

“We’re delighted that this funding is already having an impact at Treetops Hospice. Not only will it help the hospice to reduce its carbon footprint but, at current energy prices, it will also help keep costs down so that more money can be spent on the care they provide.”

Treetops future environmental plans include purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle to deliver their Roaming Nurse Service and introducing a tree-planting scheme to offset their carbon footprint.

East Midlands Airport Community Fund were also one of several organisations to provide funding to develop the hospice’s contemplation courtyard where family and friends can remember loved ones.

The Community Fund was established in April 2002 to support initiatives in places which are most affected by the airport’s operation. To date, over £1.3m has been awarded to more than 1,500 community groups.

A short video showing the solar panels in situ can be found here:


Photo Caption:L-R: Councillor Angus Sowter, East Midlands Airport Community Fund Committee member, Faye Thrasivoulou, Treetops Clinical Facilitator, Adela Appleby, Treetops Head of Community Relationships, Colleen Hempson, Community Engagement Manager, East Midlands Airport

About Treetops Hospice

Treetops Hospice, the leading end-of-life care charity in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

The charity provides support from diagnosis onwards for patients with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart and respiratory conditions.

Founded in 1983, Treetops supports thousands of local people – and their families – through the most difficult time of their lives. Last year, our team of Hospice at Home nurses provided over 20,000 hours of care to terminally-ill patients, working day and night to give much-needed support.

We have a team of bereavement counsellors who provide over 4,500 counselling sessions – more than 900 of them to children and young people. Wellbeing team members provide valuable information and support to those who need it.

Treetops are lucky to have over 400 amazing volunteers who help to keep the hospice running smoothly.

Treetops is doing all it can to continue to support those in most need and welcomes donations to ensure the future of the hospice and its services:

Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS

0115 949 1264 |

Registered Charity Number 519540


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