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Changing the lives of those in need

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A large support network could go a long way in making an immense difference in someone’s life. This is why the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is urging the industry to join its Practical Participation Programme and volunteer their time, products and skills to help transform the lives of those in need.

Practical support is an essential tool which helps to change the lives of those desperately in need of a helping hand, and could significantly improve their quality of life. In being part of the EIC’s Practical Participation Programme, you will have an opportunity to work alongside the EIC and its partners in solving or contributing to solutions for those in need of help.

Once you sign up to be part of the Programme, the EIC will approach you on an as and when needed basis to ask for assistance. The assistance you offer could include provision of necessary equipment such as electrical supplies, building materials, heating equipment or skills required to help build house adaptations.

Through its Practical Participation Programme, the EIC has helped many people to rebuild their lives and look forward to the future. For example, the EIC recently helped Max; a severely disabled six-year-old boy who shortly after his first birthday was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia and Chronic Lung Disease. These left him wheelchair bound and unable to do anything for himself.

The EIC has used its Practical Participation Programme to work together with companies such as Heat Mat, Edmundson Electrical York, British Gas, Circle Control & Design Systems and Collingwood Lighting. They donated their products, services and skills and in addition funded a shortfall of £26,000 for the necessary house adaptations to meet Max’s needs. The EIC then organised a DIY day with volunteers from the Yorkshire Committee and landscaped the garden to allow easier access for Max – truly an industry effort.

In the electrical sector, there are many people like Max who are in need of crucial support. Through our four Assistance Programmes, of which the Practical Participation Programme is one, the EIC creates awareness of cases like Max’s story and outlines how practical support can transform the lives of people in our industry.

So, if you or your company would like to get involved in changing the lives of individuals in the electrical sector, there are many different ways for you to do so. For example, the Electrical Industries Charity has recently launched its new Challenge for a Cause campaign which aims to bring the industry together to help transform the lives of Caz Dickinson and her family. Through this Challenge for a Cause campaign the Charity plans to raise £250,000 to purchase a house; and through its Practical Participation Programme, work with industry partners to carry out any necessary renovation work required to safeguard the future of Caz and her family.

As part of the Challenge for a Cause campaign, you too can be part of the efforts to build a house for the Dickinson family and make a long-lasting donation by sponsoring one brick at a time. This unique opportunity will see either your own name or company name engraved on each brick that you sponsor with the Charity’s ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign.

Practical support can go a long way if there are many of us to help. Join the Practical Participation Programme today and help people in your industry look forward to the future.

For further information, or to join the programme, please contact Vicky Gray:

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