Man smiling with award and bike

Our wonderful volunteer, ‘Pushbike Paul’, has been recognised for his incredible fundraising efforts with a Derbyshire Beacon of Hope Award.

Paul Wilcox, from Breaston, has raised thousands of pounds for us with a bike recycling scheme. Paul collects donated bikes from the local area, makes them road-worthy, then sells them in return for a donation.

Paul, a life-long bike enthusiast, has raised more than £40,000 for Treetops since the scheme began in September 2018.

We meet so many lovely people who are happy that their old bike or their donation is going to such a worthwhile cause.

Pushbike Paul

Man smiling on a bike

The Derbyshire Beacon of Hope Awards are a collaboration between Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Derbyshire. They are presented to groups and individuals who have worked tirelessly to keep communities safe and businesses moving during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Paul added: “The scheme has been far more successful than I ever anticipated.  We have a great team of volunteers which keeps everything running and everyone deserves an award really."

We cannot thank Paul enough. He really is an important part of the Treetops Hospice family. We couldn’t continue to provide our vital care for the local community without exceptionally lovely people like him.”

Cheryl Morris, Treetops Community Relationships Manager