By Tessa Ogle, Managing Director of the Electrical Industries Charity

It’s not every day that you embark on a journey which will see nine brave people join you in the challenge of a lifetime. But that’s exactly what happened when we launched the Electrical Industries Charity’s very first Challenge for Cause, a journey which would help to raise funds for the Hendrie family who had suffered the devastating loss to cancer of a loving husband and father.

National Autistic Society logo.svgThe Electrical Industries Charity is working in partnership with the National Autistic Society to bring change in people’s lives across the electrical sector.

Currently, in the UK there are over 700,000 people that are on the autism spectrum - which is more than 1 in 100. Autism is a hidden disability that is not always noticeable to the naked eye. Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work. 

According to the National Autistic Society, 70% of autistic adults in the UK say that they are not getting the help they need from social services and that with more support they would feel less isolated. Without understanding, autistic people and families are at risk of being isolated and developing mental problems.

The Electrical Industries Charity is proud to announce that their nine enthusiastic trekkers are back from the biggest challenge of the year- Mt Kilimanjaro Trek.

Nine trekkers joined Tessa Ogle, Managing Director of the Electrical Industries Charity for the Challenge for a Cause trek and made it to the Uhuru peak of the highest free-standing mountain in the world. They include Johanne Stimson of Heat Mat; Andrew Dykes of SES Engineering Services Ltd; Mike Smith, of SES Engineering Services Ltd and Senior Vice President of the ECA; Denise Hillier of Spring Electrical Ltd; Mark David Ward of Power 1 Group; Dave Gilbert of SCV Electrical Limited, Rosemary Phillips of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services and Joseph Hogg of Edmundson Electrical Ltd.

The Electrical Industries Charity is creating a pathway to a better future for the Northcott family with their Pensioner Support Programme.

Alan and Linda Northcott, are in their 60’s and are caring for their son. Alan worked in electronics testing and assembly but was forced to give up work when caring for his son became challenging, and his wife Linda was unable to manage alone. Their son Nicky, aged 38, has severe learning disabilities. He was born profoundly deaf, has no speech, is epileptic, severely autistic and was recently diagnosed with a blood complaint which further complicated his care.

Save the date- powerBall 2017 is back for another extraordinary night which will recapture the 70s classics and get everyone in the spirit of Friday Night Fever.

This year’s powerBall promises to be the most colourful and unforgettable experience which will get your feet moving all night long to its 70’s disco theme of Friday Night Fever. In 30 mood-shifting, tempo-changing minutes, powerBall 2017 will bring New York City to life in a dance explosion of hot-stepping, glitter ball spinning action.

Guests on the night will be infused by a blistering soundtrack of hits including Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, If I Can’t Have You and More Than a Woman, while witnessing some classic moves as 12 talented young dancers recreate the 70’s phenomenon of Saturday Night Fever.

How well are you prepared for later life? Retirement could be seen as a new phase in life, but for some people, it is a daily struggle.  That is why the Electrical Industries Charity launched the Pensioner Support Programme to provide support for elderly people in the electrical sector.

In the United Kingdom, there are 1.3 million individuals who work or have worked in the Electrical and Energy related sectors. 130,000 are eligible for support, of which 50,000 are pensioners who need help with day to day expenses, whether this is paying household bills, debts or unexpected expenses.

Could you be a lucky winner? Join the Electrical Industries Charity’s Powerlottery and be in with a chance to win big while supporting people in the electrical industry.

The Powerlottery is the Electrical Industries Charity’s number one fundraising stream which offers everyone in the industry a fun way to support the Charity while having a chance to win a cash prize of up to £1,000. You can choose to purchase between one and ten numbers each month to increase your chances of winning at the cost of £1 each.

By Tessa Ogle, Managing Director for the Electrical Industries Charity

Many of us don’t put much thought and planning into our retirement, but without preparing for your future you could be faced with many issues that may prevent you from having a happy and secure retired life.

Age UK statistics outline that due to rising energy prices and leaky inefficient homes there are 1.14 million older people who are living in fuel poverty and are spending their winter in cold homes. This outlines the issue of increased health problems from living in a cold home which can include cardiovascular and respiratory problems and depression.

The Electrical Industries Trading Company in support of the Charity is thrilled to announce that the most prestigious event in the electrical industry -  powerBall 2016 was a tremendous success raising over £450,000.

Over 800 guests across the sector enjoyed the spectacular entertainment from the headline act of the night- the legendary Jersey Boys. The four boys from New Jersey took guests on a journey through the history of pop music featuring their top 10 worldwide hits including Beggin, Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

The Electrical Industries Charity is calling on all electrical, electronics and energy installers, suppliers, contractors and manufacturers to sign up for the largest electrical sporting event of the year. Light your competitive fire and have a once in a lifetime team-building experience at Dragon Boat 2017.

Dragon Boat 2017 is an adrenaline fuelled competition for teams and individuals of all levels who are ready to battle it out in order to be crowned winners of the Dragon Boat challenge.

The EIC’s Dragon Boat Challenge is taking place on Saturday 06 May at Peterborough Rowing Lake. This fun-filled event promises to be a memorable experience for all the dragon boat crews and their families and friends, with plenty of activities available throughout the day including funfair rides, face-painting, food stalls and a bouncy castle.

The Electrical Industries Charity is delighted to announce the launch of its 2017 Dragon Boat event which will see industry teams pit their wits against each other to win the coveted Dragon Boat 2017 trophy.

Taking place on Saturday 06 May at Peterborough Rowing Lake, Dragon Boat 2017 promises to be a fun filled event for the whole family with teams of 9 to 11 taking to the water, paddling to the beat of the drum.

An ancient Chinese tradition, dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water activities in Britain – and one of the most fun. So if you think you have what it takes to challenge the dragon sign up now.

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