Rudridge supports marathon challenge for cancer

Rudridge is sponsoring a mammoth fundraising effort by a son whose father lost his life to cancer. Aaron McSkimming, from AD Bly Construction in Hertfordshire, will be running the Virgin London Marathon again on Sunday, April 22, alongside his cousin Kevin McSkimming and colleague Marc Hilton. His Herculean effort will be supported by long standing supplier, Rudridge, the civil engineering and groundworks specialist, as part of the organisation’s community- funding programme.

All funds will go to The

Prostate Cancer Research Centre, a cause close to Aaron’s heart after his father Alex McSkimming passed away three years ago following a long battle with the disease. The devastating effects of the cancer have driven Aaron on to meet this challenge for a second time and raise awareness of the symptoms and treatment. In his first London Marathon last year, he completed the course in five hours and 12 minutes and raised an impressive £26,000. Aaron said: “One in eight men will be affected by prostate cancer at some point in their lives and the impact is felt across the whole family - I was determined to take on this challenge in my father’s memory.”

Global DIY-Lifetime award 2018 goes to Damien Deleplanque

The Board of the European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA), the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN) and the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma) are delighted to announce that Damien Deleplanque of ADEO has been selected to receive the industry’s Global DIY- Lifetime Award 2018 to be held on June 13 at the Global DIY Summit in Barcelona. Starting from humble beginnings in 1979, Damien Deleplanque was appointed Store Department Manager of a Leroy Merlin store. In 1980, he became a Store Manager of a 1.500 sq. metres store in Granges Les

Valence in southern France, later taking over a 6.000 sq. metres store in St. Genevieve des Bois, near Paris. In 1993, Damien was appointed CEO of Leroy Merlin and performed this position until 2005 when he became CEO of Groupe ADEO. The former Leroy Merlin Group was changed to Groupe ADEO when the group implemented several brands in France and abroad.

Mr Deleplanque, who mainly focuses on human resources, created and launched the so called “Management Process Vision” which is credited to have been one of the major management elements that has brought much success to

ADEO and has paved its path to become the leading home improvement company in Europe and the third largest around the world. At the end of 2017, ADEO

Wham donates £10k to charity

The Wham group of companies, headed up by Andy Holt, has donated £10,000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust (SCT). The Trust is a self-funded,

non-profit, registered charity that has been working closely with the Hyndburn community since its establishment in 2007. With its initial intention to bring the professional football club and the community closer together, the trust has now expanded to work in four key themed areas: Sports Participation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Social Inclusion.

ASCT CEO Martin Fearon said: “We are really thankful for the donation made by Wham. We rely solely on donations to function, being self-funded and a non-profit organisation, so every penny counts and this is quite a substantial amount. The money donated is the first donation to be made to

Obituary: Michael Cato

Tony Grimshaw OBE hands over the cheque to ASCT CEO Martin Fearon at the proposed Higham development on Thorneyholme Road.

go towards the sports hub development at Higham’s Playing Fields. The costs to finish the state-of-the-art sports facility are around £2.5million and we still have £1million to raise to complete it.” Wham Group director Tony

Obituary: John Fewings

Home Hardware Southwest is very sad to announce that honorary president John Fewings passed away on Saturday, February 24, aged 83 following a stroke. His wife Eileen and his two daughters, Jillian and Debbie were at his bedside.

Home Hardware said of Mr Fewings: “John is leaving a legacy at Home Hardware that will be remembered for many years to come. Home Hardware Members throughout the country are indebted to his vision, energy and commitment. John was one of the early Members of


Barnfords back in 1963 which later became Home Hardware South West Ltd. He served as a Director for many years before becoming Managing Director in 1982 and he took on the role of Chairman in 1986. “Although John retired as Chairman in 2011 having been involved for almost fifty years and became Honorary President, he continued to take a strong interest in the company and often attended Trade Shows and Board meetings. “John will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Grimshaw OBE commented: “Any donation is appreciated because every penny counts. What Accrington Stanley Community Trust do for the locals is invaluable and to have even a small part to play is an honour.”

Michael Cato, former managing director and chairman of the London hardware and housewares chain William Cato & Sons, died at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, on December 26, 2017. He was 84. He ran the family firm with his cousins Tom and Richard Cato, and built it to a chain of 15 shops, mostly small high street units, with turnover peaking at close to £5m. In the late 1980s they developed a new and much larger Cato Homecentre format, targeting up-market ‘lifestyle’ shoppers, and then in late 1990 they sold the business to Robert Dyas.

“Michael loved listening to people,” said his widow Helen. “He seldom got through a day without making a new friend, and making other people happy. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a terrible disease, but he fought it with the same sense of purpose that he used to run his business, hit a cricket ball, or score a goal up until his 60s.”

The funeral took place at St Peters Church, Tiverton EX16 6RP on Thursday, March 8 at 1pm, followed by a burial at Stoodleigh Church.

The funeral was held at Chichester Crematorium on January 26, and Mrs Cato has set up a fund for the Emergency Floor at St Richard’s, where Mr Cato he spent his last few days.

employed 105.000 associates in 12 countries. Back in 1994, ADEO reported sales of €1.7 billion. Last year their total sales reached €22 billion.

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