The BPEC Charity Life Award 2015 presents £41,525 to plumbing good causes

£41,525 has been given in charitable donations by training and certification provider, BPEC, to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance the lives others less fortunate either here in the UK or abroad.

L-R Mark Antrobus (BPEC Trustee), Watson Carlill (BPEC Trustee), Stephanie Moore and Emily Gait (Pump Aid), George Thomson (BPEC Trustee).

L-R Mark Antrobus (BPEC Trustee), Watson Carlill (BPEC Trustee), Stephanie Moore and Emily Gait (Pump Aid), George Thomson (BPEC Trustee).

At its fourth Life Award presentation ceremony held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, on Friday 16th October and attended by over 100 representatives of the Plumbing Industry, The BPEC Charity made three major awards to deserving projects. In addition three other projects were supported via the BPEC ‘Legacy Fund’ that was launched last year. The legacy fund ensures projects supported by BPEC are sustainable over a longer period.

The BPEC Charity were also delighted to welcome Dean Buchanan as their guest speaker at the event. Dean is from Datum Foundation and he 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 was presented to Emily Gait and Stephanie Moore from Pump Aid. The project being delivered is to build 10 new Elephant pumps across 10 communities in rural Malawi. Emily & Stephanie received an award of £15,000 from The BPEC Charity.

This award will help provide clean and safe drinking water for over 1,000 people. The funding will also assist 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 shower chairs have already had a huge 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”.

Frank Glover went on to say: “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 BPEC Life Award is gathering momentum and is a true force for good in today’s society and 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 for the 2016 BPEC Life Award is 30th June 2016.

BPEC (Training) Ltd otherwise known as the BPEC Charity is a registered charity committed to identifying the education and training needs of those who work in the Plumbing industry and providing innovative solutions to address their needs. The Life Award was launched in 2012, in memory of BPEC’s founding Chairman Raymond J Brooks, to reward and support those in the UK plumbing industry who use plumbing skills to enhance life.

There are two other opportunities for financial support from the BPEC Charity that’s open to everyone working in the UK plumbing industry; these are the Support Fund and the Sport Award.