Soldiers walk tall to raise funds at Charity Christmas Tree Trek

Soldiers of the Mercian Regiment 2nd Battalion have delivered a 15ft Christmas tree to Cannock Chase Hospital in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity!

Over 20 soldiers, recently home from serving in Afghanistan, carried the tree in a stretcher used to carry injured troops off the battlefield, for seven miles along the Heritage Trail on Cannock Chase on November 19th.

In spite of the seasonal chill their efforts raised over £750 from public donations along route.

The soldiers were accompanied by the team from the Forestry Commission based at Birches Valley Forest Centre, who donated the tree as part of a number of fundraising activities taking place at the centre in aid of MAA.

The Regiment was met by the Deputy Mayor for Stafford, Philip Leason and David Perry, Cannock Chase Hospital Manager, after they completed the gruelling seven mile trek.

Claire Hall, Communications Manager at Cannock Chase Hospital said; “We are very grateful to everyone who took part – the Christmas tree is much appreciated by staff and patients alike.”

Maria Jones, Event Organiser from Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said; “The soldiers from the regiment were amazing and the public along the route were so supportive. We are planning a similar event for next year and I would like to thank everyone involved including our sponsors.”

Andy Coggins from the Forestry Commission added; “The Tree is now on display in the Hospital Courtyard, we were really excited about the event and working with the MAA, it’s a great cause and we would like to thank the public for being so generous”

 

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