The Snowflakes are up at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

We have lost count of the number of years Elev8 has been involved in the installation of the snowflakes at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, but we still feel very honoured to take part in this Christmas lighting project again this year.

The snowflakes at Sheffield Children’s Hospital are incredibly special. Each one is sponsored to raise vital funds for the Hospital, and every snowflake has a nametag showing who was kind enough to sponsor it.  If you would like to sponsor a snowflake it is not too late to get involved, find out how here.

The snowflake installation project

Once upon a time it took several weekends to install the hundreds of Christmas lights on the Hospital. In 2020 Elev8’s contract lifting team came up with a clever installation plan to reduce the installation time to just one weekend. This year, with the help of some light wire frames manufactured by local company Gripple, the installation process has been improved yet again.


If you were in Sheffield at the end of November, you might have seen four of our access platforms working together to deliver this Christmas lighting installation in just one weekend.  The MEWPs we used for this project were our Bronto S70XR, Palfinger P640 and two of our Bronto S35EM’s. Using four different access platforms, each with a skilled Elev8 MEWP operator, enabled us to install snowflakes on separate parts of the hospital at the same time, speeding up the whole project.

Christmas light installation Sheffield Childrens Hospital

An Elev8 & Cinderella team effort

Turning around such a large installation in one weekend was a huge team effort from the estates team at Sheffield Children’s, all Elev8 divisions as well as our associated company Cinderella Support Services. Elev8 provided the MEWP’s, Operators and traffic management and Cinderella’s building maintenance teams were out in force to assist with the installation.

Sophie Coburn, Corporate Partnerships Officer at The Children’s Hospital Charity

“We would like to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to Elev8 and Cinderella Support Services who worked tirelessly to install more than 300 snowflakes at Sheffield Children’s.

“Once again, the teams went above and beyond, working long hours and many gave up their time voluntarily to deliver the installation at as a low a cost as possible. This kind and generous support means more of our charity fundraising than ever before will be used where it is needed most at the hospital this year.

“We are so proud to work with you. Together, we have given light to children who find themselves staying in hospital this Christmas and I hope you’re very proud of that too.”

Over 300 hours of time donated by Elev8 & Cinderella employees

Sheffield Children’s Charity is a worthy cause close to our hearts. This year 25 Elev8 and Cinderella employees volunteered their time. This equated to a donation of over 300 hours of time to the snowflake installation project.

The whole team at Elev8 and Cinderella pulled together with all departments getting involved. Volunteers included MEWP Operators, the contract lifting team, traffic management, abseilers, cleaners, office staff, building and grounds maintenance teams, and of course both MD’s (Jason & Phil) were there lending a helping hand too. This was a massive collaborative effort, and we cannot thank you enough for giving your time so generously.

The saving made by your donated time will be passed onto Sheffield Children’s Charity, so that more of the money raised by the Snowflakes can go directly to where it is needed in the Hospital.

Elev8 Access Platforms donates 300 hours of time to installing snowflakes at Sheffield Childrens Hospital
Jason Machin Managing Director at Elev8 Access Platforms

“I never doubted our team would step up and help a fantastic charity like Sheffield Children’s.  We ended up with more volunteers than we originally anticipated, and the extra people meant we didn’t need as many access platforms on the second day of the installation. Because of this we have been able to throw all cost for the platforms that weren’t needed into the Kiddies Kitty, along with the labour cost.  Thanks to all of you this year the Charity has had a lovely bonus from our company.

Many of our teams have children and never hesitated when asked if they would like to help – I am so proud to be in charge of such a lovely bunch of people.  Thank you to each and every member of the Elev8 and Cinderella team who so generously volunteered your time."

A worthy charity

Our thanks for the team at The Children’s Hospital Charity for being a pleasure to work with.  And of course a huge thank you to all the businesses, schools, community groups, families, and individuals who have sponsored snowflakes.

This Christmas the Children’s Hospital Charity has lots of fund raising initiatives with money raised going towards funding new facilities, lifesaving equipment, pioneering research as well as some very worthy projects at the hospital.

The team at Elev8 wish all the Children & Staff at Sheffield Children’s hospital a happy Christmas. We hope that the children using the hospital enjoy their Christmas snowflakes.

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Let Elev8 support your Christmas projects

Thanks to our range of services, Elev8 can save clients money and time with a project managed service package. If your Christmas project requires work at height, lifting or work on the highways then Elev8 are here to help with:


All our services are delivered with the peace of mind that you are working with a safe and reputable supplier certified to ISO45001, SafeContractor,  IPAF Rental + and NHSS.

If you would like to find out more about how Elev8 can help you safely deliver your project, please get in touch.

Installing high level Christmas decorations in Sheffield
Christmas Light Installation Sheffield 2021