AW Jenkinson Forest Products has helped raise vital funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity thanks to an innovative Christmas tree pick-up service.

The initiative was launched last year by tree surgeons and landscape gardeners Mitchel Ingham of JM Ground Care and Joel Berry of Berry’s Trees and Gardens. They managed to raise £7,300 in the process and were aiming for £10,000 this winter. However, the duo was delighted with the final total of £13,460.

The charity is close to the pair’s heart. At the age of 13, Joel broke his hip joint badly and spent months receiving support from the hospital, while Mitchel’s son was treated there.

The fundraisers collected 2,500 discarded trees from all over the city, asking people for a £10 donation in return. The trees were then chipped for free by AW Jenkinson Forest Products directly into one of their walking-floor artic trailers. The material was hauled to AW Jenkinson’s processing facility at Clifton, where it will be turned into biomass fuel for power generation.

Mitchel and Joe are hoping to continue the initiative next year.

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