BPEC Life Award 2013
Over £30,000 has been given out in charitable donations by the BPEC Charity to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance life.
At the second Life Award presentation ceremony, the BPEC Charity made four awards to deserving projects.
In memory of BPEC’s founding chairman Raymond J Brooks, they were presented by the Charity’s trustees at an event attended by 100 representatives of the plumbing industry at Pride Park Stadium, Derby, on October 11th 2013.
Richard Geary of the Peace and Hope Trust was the guest speaker. Richard spoke of the important role people from the Plumbing and Heating industry can make to those who are less fortunate.
The BPEC Charity Life Award 2013 was presented to Anita Smith and Nick Foley for development and refurbishment of the Bansang Hospital located in Bansang Town in the Central River Region of The Gambia. They received an award of £15,006.02 from The BPEC Charity.
Achieving the Award will allow the team to replace and/or refurbish all toilets, showers, sinks and tiles in the Eye Unit, Maternity and Labour Wards, Administration Block, Principle Nursing Officer’s room and Duty room, Out-Patient Department, Female Ward, Physiotherapy and Maintenance, Kitchen, Laundry and Stores.
The BPEC Charity also awarded £8,000 to self-employed plumber, John Robinson for a project to work alongside a village community in the Bluefields region of Nicaragua at a place called Rama Cay. John will be working alongside the Friends in Action charity to install a supply of water as well as drainage systems to an entire community of 40 new homes.
£5,000 was presented to Danny Jones, from Exodus Solutions Ltd. Dekamile is a UK registered Charity working in partnership with Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy and Exodus Solutions Ltd. Working in partnership they are committed to helping one of the poorest communities in the world called Agome Sevah in rural Togo, West Africa.
Danny and his team will install Solar PV along with auxillary equipment, water pumps and associated pipework to power pumps from previously installed wells to deliver the clean fresh water needed to the villagers.
Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy, Exodus-Solutions Ltd and Dekamile are also building an Apprenticeship School in this neglected community to enable those without an education to obtain a trade and thus earn a living.
Trevor Deacon a Trainer/Assessor at West London Training Ltd was awarded £2,000.
Trevor will be travelling in May 2014 to the Zimbabwean town of Marondera to an orphanage called Musha Wevana. He will be accompanied by an eight person team who will provide hot water to four houses for showering and kitchen use and will also be refurbishing the shower cubicles.
BPEC chairman Frank Glover said: “2013 has been a brilliant Life Award, the panel have been truly inspired by the submissions”.
The search has now started for applicants for the 2014 BPEC Charity Life Award, with organisers urging those who work in the plumbing sector to put themselves forward.
“The life award experiences have had a real inspirational effect on both the recipients and the deliverers. It is changing perspectives and attitudes in a really positive way. The learning process adds significant business skills to the already well qualified plumber, giving him considerable benefits in today’s competitive marketplace” said Frank Glover.
“If you haven’t made a submission in 2013 then read of the real benefits it brings to all who have. The BPEC Life Award is gathering momentum and is a true force for good in todays society.”
The closing date for applications for the 2014 BPEC Charity Life Award is 27th June 2014.
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 building services engineering industry and providing innovative solutions to address their needs. The Life Award was launched in 2012 to reward and support those in the UK plumbing industry who use plumbing skills to enhance life.
There are three opportunities for financial support from the BPEC Charity open to all those working in the UK plumbing industry. These are the Life Award, the Support Fund and the Sport Awards. To find out more about entering any of next year’s awards please visit www.bpec.org.uk/the-bpec-charity