LEW makes commitment to Electrical Industries Charity L

EW Electrical Distributors has committed to raising a minimum of £1,000 for the Electrical Industries Charity in 2018.

Fundraising got off to a great start with LEW’s generous staff donating £945 at their annual staff party last month (March). All of LEW’s 11 branches will be taking part in fundraising events this

year. The first LEW branch to get involved is Barnsley, whose staff will team up with several good willed customers to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Training has already begun for the Barnsley team as they prepare for the 24-mile walk, which includes 5,200ft of ascent. Fundraising for the Three Peaks challenge has taken off with more than

£430 already collected, taking LEW’s accumulative total to over £1,300 with plenty of fundraising activity still to come. Managing Director, Andy Johnson, said: “The EIC is a fantastic charity that puts a great deal back into the electrical industry to help families and individuals when circumstances have taken an unexpected turn and, in many instances, have life changing consequences. “The industry has provided LEW and its staff with so much over the years; knowing there is a charity there to support any of us and our

CEF duo in charity challenges for EIC and Macmillan


wo brave team members from electrical distributor

CEF are preparing to battle the elements to raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) and Macmillan Cancer Support. Charlie Harwood, Branch Manager, will be trekking across Arctic Finland for four days, while Steve Pope, General Manager, will be skydiving over the Gulf of Roses in Spain to raise money for both charities. Steve is aiming to raise a minimum of £1,000 for the EIC by completing a skydive in May, with any additional money raised going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Meanwhile, Charlie will be trekking across the Arctic Circle for four days in below freezing temperatures, with the goal of raising £1,500 for the EIC. The EIC challenge is specifically to

LEW’s Barnsley team and customers will be conquering the Yorkshire Three Peaks for the Electrical Industries Charity, among other fund-raising efforts this year.

industry friends in the hardest of times is a great comfort, and it’s a cause we are more than happy to support.” To donate, visit: electrical-distributors

Applications are now open for Safety Innovation Award E

lectrical Safety First has opened applications for its

Safety Innovation Award, with the closing date for entries on 27th April.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural award, the Charity is inviting applications from businesses that have developed an innovative product – or a project – that has, or will, make a difference to improve consumer safety. Applications must include a detailed

Charlie Harwood is trekking across Arctic Finland for four days.

description of how the innovation operates, together with supporting evidence of how it will, or has, improved consumer safety. Shortlisted applicants will be notified

in May and the selected finalists will make a presentation to judges at a

London venue in August, with the winners being announced at Electrical Safety First’s annual product safety conference, in November. “We wanted to encourage companies

who are putting safety at the heart of their product development process,” explain Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First and Martyn Allen, Technical Director of the Charity. “We believe that, just as our annual product safety conference has grown year-on- year, so will the impact of this award – and that both show that product safety is no longer a Cinderella issue.” For information and to download an application form, visit: electrical-professionals/awards/

Explore how a connected home can be a safer home

support Caz Dickinson – an employee in the electrical wholesaling industry – who suffered a Grade Four brain haemorrhage after a fall, leaving her paralysed from the neck down and with irreversible brain damage. Subsequently, husband Mick was made redundant and the family lost their home in 2013. The EIC aims to raise £250,000 to secure a new house for the family and care for Caz for the rest of her life. Macmillan Cancer Support is the corporate charity partner

Steve Pope will be skydiving over the Gulf of Roses in Spain.


selected by CEF staff. The business will support Macmillan until June 2019. To donate to either cause, search for CEF on or

lectrical Safety First has established a series of

industry events, which offer an in- depth look at emerging trends and a changing legislative landscape. One such event is the industry summit – How a connected home can be a safer home – which takes place on April 16th, from 2-4pm, at The Lethaby Room, Mary Ward House, 7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN.

Expert speakers from legal services manufacturing and installation will share their experience of the current safety benefits of a connected home and its future potential. The summit has been designed for

delegates across the installation and product supply chain. To book visit connected-home-can-be-a-safer- home-tickets

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