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AND FINALLY


Lockdown lads pay homage to Parker Building Supplies


delivery truck to pay them a visit. Our driver, Sean, pulled up outside and showed the stunned boys how the crane worked while dropping some mini jumbo bags on their lawn as a demonstration. The boys were given some Parker Building Supplies goodies, including personalised Parkers- branded hi-vis vests, and also got the chance, under very careful supervision, to operate the crane themselves too!”


Two young boys from Haywards Heath have become construction wizards over the lockdown period.


Daniel and Matthew Silk, aged 10 and 7, respectively, built a crane in their back garden and decided to dedicate it to their local builders merchant, Parker Building Supplies. The boys filmed their completed project, and so impressed their dad that he sent the final cut


to Parkers with a request that “should a delivery truck with a crane be going by perhaps they could drop in to the boys!”. Stuart Silk, the boys’ father and a vicar by profession, said: “I have done quite a few building projects in recent years so the boys are used to seeing Parker’s Building Supplies lorries delivering materials. We thought having our own crane in the garden would be fun to do and it kept


RGB helps change lives in Africa


at Kira Farm Development Centre in Uganda where young people can spend a year acquiring life-changing skills. This includes training in carpentry and building techniques, with 98% of the graduates going on to full-time employment or starting their own business.


Following the launch of RGB Building Supplies’ Tools for Africa appeal in January, the builders merchant is thanking trades and the community for helping to donate 15 bulk bags full of preloved tools which have been passed to South West-based charity Amigos. Young people at the Kira Farm Development Centre in Uganda using tools given to them by RGB-supported Amigos. Amigos works closely with another UK charity called Work Aid, which will now refurbish the donated items before sending them to Africa. The tools will be used by young people so they can learn construction skills and help lift themselves and their families out of poverty.


For the past 13 years the charity has provided vocational learning opportunities


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Phil Pugsley, Chief Executive at Amigos, said: “It’s no good Amigos training a young Ugandan in carpentry and building if they have no access to the tools needed to put their newfound skills into practice. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has gone above and beyond by turning out their sheds and garages, and to RGB for once again allowing their outlets to be collection centres. Together, we are equipping precious young people with the skills and the tools to transform their lives – thank you.” Kevin Fenlon, CEO of RGB, said: “We launched our appeal before lockdown was put in place, so we’re delighted we’ve been able to bring it to a successful close. Amigos does fantastic work in helping young people learn a trade and gain employment and this is the second time we’ve worked with the charity. By simply donating some unused tools, the kind-hearted people in our area have really helped to change the lives of young people in Africa.”


them busy and entertained for hours! When the boys also made the video of it I thought Parkers should see it. I certainly didn’t expect what happened next!” Mark Bootle, manager of local Parkers Building Supplies, in Haywards Heath said: “The boys are great – what a great little construction project. We were so impressed with the boys we decided to surprise them. “We headed out in our large


Silk said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The boys were totally surprised by it all. The goodie bags with lots of gifts were fantastic and the actual lorry with a crane right outside our door was the icing on the cake. It’s all boys have talked about since. Thank you so much to Parkers for their kindness, time and effort to make two small boys very happy”.


It is understood that the boys are now planning their next construction and video project. Parkers Building Supplies is part of the Independent Builders Merchant Group.


Builders merchant brands hit the road


The Independent Builders Merchant Group is taking its Parkers, Chandlers, Fairalls and Stamco brands on the road to let customers know about the extended family of branches and services.


The two display vans are running across the South Coast area from Angmering right across to Eastbourne for the next three weeks.


All the photos are of actual staff from across the brands and are part of the wider cross selling campaign that includes ads on More Radio, promotional offers, giveaways in branch, emails, and a social media competition.


www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net August 2020


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