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HPM November 2015

SPECIALREPORT WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Enhancing lives The BPEC charity gave plumbing good causes £41,000 last month. So who got what? HPM reports... Mark Antrobus and Watson Carlill (both BPEC Trustees), Stephanie Moore and Emily Gait and George Thomson (BPEC Trustee) 40 NOVEMBER 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY Can I put an en-suite ...here? More than £41,000 has been given to charity by training and certification provider, BPEC, to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance the lives of others less fortunate either in the UK or abroad. At its fourth Life Award presentation ceremony held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, on Friday October 15 and attended by over 100 representatives of the plumbing industry, the BPEC Charity made three major awards to deserving projects. Three other projects were also supported via the BPEC ‘Legacy Fund’ that was launched last year. Dean Buchanan, from Datum Foundation, was the guest speaker and provided a wonderful insight into the progress being made on the new build school construction project in Malawi. The project was awarded the BPEC 2014 Life Award. The BPEC Charity Life Award 2015 and £15,000 was presented to Emily Gait and Stephanie Moore from Pump Aid. The project being delivered is to build ten new elephant pumps across ten communities in rural Malawi. The award will help provide clean and safe drinking water for over 1,000 people, help in the delivery of health and maintenance training and help establish water point committees within the local communities. The BPEC Charity also awarded £9,100 to Shane Trevitt to fund the Township plumber trainer programme in Johannesburg, South Africa. This project will deliver a series of water and sanitation upgrades and start to train local people living in the township basic plumbing and maintenance skills. £8,550 was presented earlier in the year to the Friends of Sawbridgeworth Neurological centres to purchase two highly specialised shower chairs. The new chairs have already had a positive impact to the 120 residents, providing a comfortable and dignified means of using the bathroom facilities. Professor Sheila Henderson and Celine Austin attended the event on behalf of the Friends group. BPEC chairman, Frank Glover, said: “2015 has been another brilliant Life Award event; the panel of Trustees have been truly inspired by the submissions that have been received this year. “The Life Award continues to have an inspirational effect on everyone connected with the projects and is changing perspectives and attitudes in a really positive way. The experience the plumbers gain by being involved in the projects is immeasurable and helps to develop their skills to operate in today’s competitive marketplace.” The search has now started for applicants for the 2016 BPEC Charity Life Award. Everyone who works in, or is connected to, the UK plumbing sector is encouraged to make a submission for consideration by the panel. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2016. enquiry number 116 enquiry number 323


HPM November 2015
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