A group of gas engineers touring throughout 2017 successfully helped raise over £100,000 for children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.
The tour, which visited 12 properties spanning from Land’s End to John o’ Groats throughout the year, initially aimed to raise an additional £25,000 for the charity, eventually far exceeding expectations.
At each stop of the tour, which called at locations including Bristol, Colchester, Leeds, Lancaster and Inverness, a property received a free boiler installation in return for a donation to the Candlelighters charity. Every step of the way, local heating engineers and tradespeople who are members of on the online ‘Gas Chat’ social media forum gave up their time to volunteer and assist with each installation.
Final total including gift aid is a massive £120,000 Thank You all for your amazing support. My job here is done, #FamilyTime now. ❤️❤️❤️@GasChatTour #LauraHart @CandlelightersT pic.twitter.com/lfAKXbMTcy— GasChat (@GasChatGroup) December 14, 2017
Ariston was a main sponsor of the tour, donating its E-Combi evo boilers and Ariston NET controls to the cause. Allan Carrick, National Technical Sales and Quality Manager for Ariston, said: “It was fantastic to support and be involved with the Gas Chat tour. Seeing so many installers come together from all over the UK to join forces for such a worthy cause was absolutely brilliant. All the engineers that took part were incredibly generous and professional, delivering a series of high quality boiler installations to be proud of.”
Candlelighters raises over £1 million every year to fund a number of services that offer practical and emotional support to children with cancer, throughout Yorkshire, and their families. Helping to raise these funds is Allen Hart, a registered gas engineer from Guiseley, who began providing charity installations in memory of his daughter, Laura Hart, who sadly lost her battle with a rare form of cancer in 2007, aged just three years old.