Christmas Support for Three Local Charitable Initiatives

Alumasc staff with shoe-boxes for the homeless
Alumasc staff with shoe-boxes for the homeless

Alumasc is proud to be supporting three local, charitable causes this Christmas: The Shoebox Full of Love Homeless Appeal, WISH FM’s Toy Appeal and Dreams for Children.

The Shoebox Full of Love Homeless Appeal is an appeal aimed at distributing shoe-boxes of Christmas cheer to the homeless, vulnerable people and veterans of Merseyside.

Linda Carter of Alumasc explains: “In the last few years we’ve supported less fortunate children at Christmas time, buying gifts for local appeals. This year, I also came across A Shoebox Full of Love appeal – aimed at the homeless. Our St Helens office staff liked this idea and we delivered a good number of shoe-boxes to our local collection point just along the road.”

The shoe-boxes contained gifts including: gloves, scarfs, hats, soaps, food, wash-bag items, sweets for the children etc. It was a good effort by all concerned which was greatly appreciated by the coordinators of the appeal.

Simone, one of the coordinators of the appeal, expressed her thanks. “Big thank-you to Linda Carter & all of the staff at Alumasc for lots and lots of shoe boxes, big hearts in St Helens this Monday, we’re overwhelmed with gratitude” she said.

Find out more by visiting The Shoebox Full of Love Homeless Appeal Facebook Page

Gifts donated by Alumasc staff for the WISH FM Toy Appeal
Gifts donated by Alumasc staff for the WISH FM Toy Appeal

The WISH FM Toy Appeal was set up to provide Christmas presents to disadvantaged children across St Helens and Wigan.

Alumasc were delighted to deliver over £300 worth of toys to WISH FM who will be distributing the gifts to over 20 different charities and schools.

The gifts will be gratefully received by families struggling with financial hardship or suffering with bereavement.

Find out more by visiting: WISHFM.net

Dreams for Children is a newly registered children’s charity aimed at providing dream days to children fighting life-threatening illness in Merseyside.

Registered in July 2015, Dreams for Children was set up in memory of the inspirational Catherine Strickland, a 12-year-old girl from Crosby who fought cancer bravely for 3 years, passing away in 2013. Catherine’s family were unable to do everything they wanted to do as a family while Catherine’s short life was coming to an end due to financial difficulty and emotional strain.

Catherine Strickland during chemotherapy
Catherine Strickland during chemotherapy

The charity aims to ensure that families coping with a seriously ill child are able to do something special together as a family at such a difficult period in their lives.

There are other seriously ill children in Merseyside who do not get the chance to do something special during or after treatment for a life threatening illness. This could be due to lack of funds, time or emotional strain.

Dreams for Children aims to ease the burden on these families by helping to arrange magical days for these brave children and their families, providing them with memories that last a life-time.

Instead of buying Christmas Cards for each other this year, Alumasc staff decided to put the money usually spent on cards towards supporting this new charity. All money raised by Dreams for Children will go directly towards helping to make the dreams of a seriously ill child in Merseyside come true.

Find out more by visiting: DreamsforChildren.org.uk

Spending Review is Missed Opportunity for Energy Efficiency says INCA

INCA_logoThe joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement lacked ambition in its support for energy efficiency for both the existing housing stock and new homes the Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) have stated.

The Chancellor announced that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will be replaced from April 2017 with a cheaper domestic energy efficiency supplier obligation which will run for five years and upgrade the energy efficiency of just 200,000 houses per year.

Any new scheme must be focused on those households in greatest need and there are more than seven million households in Britain living in draughty and expensive-to-heat solid wall properties, including almost half of the country’s fuel poor. In order to effectively tackle fuel poverty, the Government will need to go further than its commitment to help one million homes and make a meaningful start on addressing the solid wall housing stock. With the latest statistics from the ONS showing that there were almost 44,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales last winter, the highest since 1999, the need for home insulation has never been more serious and the Government has missed a critical opportunity to prevent cold homes and unnecessary deaths.

Whilst INCA welcomes the announcement of around £7 billon of funding for new homes, the Government has scrapped plans to make all new UK homes carbon neutral from 2016 and there will be no incentive for these properties to be energy efficient. Irrespective of the lack of ambition from Government, as the leading trade association for external wall insulation (EWI), INCA remains committed to supporting its members to deliver both high-quality refurbishment projects that transform local communities and innovation and design in the new build sector.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:

“The evidence is clear that investing in energy efficiency measures such as EWI reduces carbon emissions and fuel poverty, creates growth in the UK economy and supports community regeneration and the new domestic energy efficiency scheme must deliver where it is needed most. EWI is an effective solution for all types of refurbishment and new build projects and INCA will continue to work with industry partners to promote the uptake of this innovative and vital energy efficiency technology.”

For further information, contact INCA on 0844 249 0040 or info@inca-ltd.org.uk

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