Philanthropic couple sell celebrities Christmas trees and use wages for aid work

A couple are using the money they earn selling Christmas trees to celebrities to fund their humanitarian work abroad.

Eilidh McRae and Séan Mclaughlin, both 38, work at Pines & Needles, the favoured Christmas tree shop of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , football manager José Mourinho, actor Russell Tovey and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson .

The couple are back working in London this week after volunteering in Indonesia following the Sulawesi tsunami which left more than 2,000 people dead.

Actor Russell Tovey carrying a Christmas tree from Pines & Needles (ES local feed )

Earning £12 an hour from Pines and Needles in the 2017 season, they were able to help rebuild homes and distribute food to the homeless.

Couple Eilidh McRae and Séan Mclaughlin (Handout from family)

Ms McRae said Pines & Needles offered them a “great way” to earn money between their various projects.

Louis Tomlinson at the Pines & Needles Christmas tree shop in Battersea (PR handout)

She said: “It is fantastic for us. It enables us to keep travelling around the world from project to project helping people which is how we want to live our lives.” The couple will soon be travelling to Cambodia to help build schools in rural areas.

Pines & Needles is a favourite of football manager José Mourinho's (ES local feed )

Pines & Needles is owned by the descendents of sugar tycoon Abram Lyle, brothers Sam and Josh. They have donated £10,000 to Ms McRae and Mr Mclaughlin’s fundraising.

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