A Christmas tree recycling scheme that raises vital funds for Salisbury Hospice Charity has had to be cancelled after another lockdown came into force.

The collection scheme, which the charity runs every year, was due to take place this weekend.

Salisbury Hospice Charity said: "Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the immediate national lockdown that has come into force to help manage the Covid-19 pandemic, we all need to play our part to reduce any unnecessary risks as much as possible.

"Sadly, this means that we are simply no longer able to continue with the collection as planned and are left with no other option than to cancel. We understand how disappointing this news is to everyone who supported this fundraising initiative but we really must put the safety of our volunteers, staff and the local community first."

Last year more than 1,000 trees were collected raising more than £13,000 for the hospice.

The collection area for this year's collection had also been due to be expanded to include more postcodes in the area.

Paula Flower, the head of fundraising for Salisbury Hospice Charity said: "With over 1200 supporters kindly donating to the scheme this year, we are devastated that we have had to cancel. We would like to thank our volunteers and corporate partners for the enormous contribution they have made this year.

"We have had an extremely challenging year, with many events and fundraising initiatives cancelled due to the pandemic, this has had an enormous impact on the funds we raise for Salisbury Hospice."

The charity says donations are vital to continue hospice services and it is encouraging everyone who supported the scheme to allow it to retain these funds.

However, if supporters want a refund email refunds@just-helping.org.uk or for any other queries, calling 01722 416353.