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Send me over the edge!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 7th August 2018

charity abseil

This September our very own Liliane Branca, Tutor at Trade Skills 4U Gatwick facility, will be ‘stepping over the edge’ in a charity abseil to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire, helping life-limited children and their families.

Liliane said “I am taking part in the Arundel Castle Abseil on Saturday 29th September for Chestnut Tree House when I'll be abseiling 180 feet down the Bake House Tower in the grounds of Arundel Castle, and as far as I know I'm not afraid of heights...”

“This is my first charity fundraising event and I’m hoping to raise enough funds to help pay towards the care costs of the Chestnut Tree House’s care services, who offer incredible support to those that need it most.

“I have chosen to support this worthy charity due to my own personal experience when I sadly lost my Godson Matthew due to heart problems at the very young age of 22 months. I am therefore, very much aware of the impact a child with a life-limiting illness can have on family members and also close family friends.

“The Chestnut Tree House is such a worthy charity that helps support the families of children affected, not only during their illness but also for the years following.”

Care services at Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice cares for around 300 children all of whom are unlikely to reach adulthood. The Community Nursing Team visit families at home, taking children out to explore their local community or simply giving tired families and carers the chance to take a well-earned break.

Children and families can also visit Chestnut Tree House’s beautiful hospice near Arundel where kids can be astronauts for the day in the multi-sensory room, or discover creepy crawlies on a woodland walk where parents can just be parents and not carers, and where siblings have people to talk to who understand.

Then, when the time comes, Chestnut Tree helps children and families say goodbye in whatever way feels right for them, either at home or in the hospice itself. They offer ongoing bereavement support for the whole family.

Whilst the hospice itself is near Arundel, Chestnut Tree has had a physical presence in Eastbourne for many years, initially working from a Co-Hub in the town centre before taking on their own offices and finally moving to Pacific House in February 2016. The office provides a base for the East Sussex care team and for a small fundraising team who focus solely on raising funds and awareness in East Sussex.

It costs over £3.9 million every year to provide Chestnut Tree House’s specialist care services and less than 6% of that comes from central Government. All care is offered to families free of charge, so the charity relies heavily on the support of the local community.

Everyone at Trade Skills 4U wishes Liliane well in her daredevil abseil, and we look forward to sharing some great action shots with you after the event!.

If you would like to find out more about what they charity is about, or to sponsor Liliane please visit her JustGiving page. 

Categories: charity, abseil, arundel castle

Work in the electrical sector? Need Support: Let me introduce you to the EEIBA.

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 27th April 2012

With news of the double dip recession and figures confirming Britain’s longest economic slump, it's importnat for us to help promote the charities that can be on hand for those who need it most during these difficult times.

It’s fair to say that everyone has bad days, however what would you do if every day was a bad day? Who would you call upon if times were so difficult that just having food in the fridge was a luxury? Sometimes you don’t just have to ‘get out of the wrong side of bed’ to have one of these days and it’s important that you know who to turn to when things start getting from bad to worse.

For workers in the electrical and electronic industry, let me introduce you to The Electrical and Electronics Industries Benevolent Association (EEIBA). The EEIBA is the first and only charity to help those in ‘hardship or distress who work, or have worked in the electrical and electronics industry.’

In stressful times, such as Recession when times can be all the more difficult, it’s important for everyone to locate and rely on a support system such as the EEIBA and for companies like ourselves to help promote them so they can carry on supporting those in need.

Who are the EEIBA?

The EEIBA was founded over one hundred years ago and continues to offer a range of help and support to anyone who has worked in the electrical sector and the electronics industry.

In order to fund the great work that they do the charity has a variety of income streams with their main focus on holding large regional and national events which run throughout the year. The powerBall event, the company’s largest annual event fundraiser is being held this year in London on the 9th November 2012.  http://www.eeiba.org/index.php/london-powerball-2012. Other events include Golf Days, Boxing events and Seasonal balls. The Southern Spring ball is being held in Brighton at the DeVere Grand Hotel this evening at 6.30pm.

How do they help?

Thanks to the support of their sponsors and their revenue generated charity events, the EEIBA focus their efforts into helping those who are in need of a listening ear, some support & financial assistance.

The charity offers help and assistance to all age groups, from the youngest child to the oldest pensioner, anywhere in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Their support is also extended to dependents of those who have worked in these sectors. By providing grants or loans for anything from adaptions in the home to assistance with household bills, their aim is to make a difference to your life for the better.

An example of their work comes from a tragic case study on their website that involves a gentleman called David* who contacted the EEIBA when his 13 year old daughter lost a battle with cancer. To ease some of his unthinkable pain, the EEIBA helped relieve some of their financial worries by providing assistance with the families’ bills. During this time David’s youngest child was diagnosed with a brain tumour due to the extensity of their treatment both David and his wife have been unable to work as their time is taken up with hospital visits and caring for their young family. To date the EEIBA has been delighted to provide the family with all the financial support they need during this difficult time.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

Over the last 100 years, the charity has assisted people from all backgrounds and age groups from all over the United Kingdom and would like to hear from you, should you need their assistance.

I want to help

If you want to help fundraise for the EEIBA or donate to this worthwhile cause, you can do so by doing the following:

Donate online at www.eeiba.org

Sponsor the EEIBA

Hold or arrange a fundraising event

Attend of the companies fundraising events

More information plus a fundraising pack can be found online on their website under the tab, ‘want to help?’

As electricians and domestic installer, The EEIBA is your charity and by supporting this worthwhile cause YOU have the "Power to make a difference".


Categories: electricial, charity

Well Done!

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 22nd February 2011

The charity bike ride update

Trade Skills 4U would like to say a massive well done to April Gullis and her friends at school for raising a brilliant £230 for their chosen charity, The Chestnut Tree House, last month.

April and her friends rode during their break times last month and sold a variety of foods and other lovely bits & pieces all to raise money for this wonderful charity.

The Chestnut Tree House is a children’s hospice near Arundel which provides invaluable care to children who develop life-limiting illnesses. This worthy cause has provided invaluable support for both children and families so every donation counts.

If you would like to donate or get involved with fundraising for The Chestnut Tree House, take a look at their website www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/


Categories: charity, company news

A Very Special Trip

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

On the 13th of March 2011 a very special skiing trip will commence. The SSCD ‘Southern Ski Club for the Disabled’ will be gracing the slopes of Courchevel, France with the support of their volunteers.

Amongst the volunteers is Paul Chapman, an instructor at Trade Skills 4U.Paul begun volunteering for the SSCD five years ago and trained as a ski guide with them helping children with various disabilities ranging from neurological disease to Down syndrome. TS4U will be funding his trip so that he can continue to help the children enjoy the joys of childhood.

We hope Paul and the SSCD have a fantastic time, all the best.






Categories: charity, company news, events