IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect raise £10,000 for Beacon Hill Academy

Beacon Hill Academy

IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect have proudly donated £10,000 to Beacon Hill Academy. Employees from the companies have undertaken a number of initiatives to raise funds for the community academy.

Beacon Hill is a special academy based in Thurrock for students between the ages of two and 19 who have severe and complex learning difficulties. Described by Ofsted as ‘an inspirational learning community’, IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect selected Beacon Hill as part of its mission to help and support local causes and charities.

By organising various activities and events, the company was able to raise £10,000 for the academy and Steve MacPherson, Head of the WOW Team at the company, presented Beacon Hill with a cheque earlier this month. The WOW Team is a group of employees from each department who work together to organise company events, charity events and represent all employees across the business. As part of its efforts, the team took part in bake-offs and cake bakes, as well as a Christmas raffle to win prizes obtained from the company’s suppliers, which contributed over £4,000 towards the funds. Additionally, the company organised a sponsored cycle, where nine energetic employees cycled a total distance of 152 miles, raising £1,200.

Steve MacPherson, Head of the WOW Team at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect says: “A huge part of our culture is giving back to the community and supporting worthwhile causes where we can. We are pleased that the money we have raised will help Beacon Hill Academy continue its excellent work and provide pupils with the new sensory room that they will all be able to enjoy full use of.”

Amanda Bradley from Beacon Hill Academy says: “We are very grateful to the staff at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect for their support in raising this fantastic sum for us. The donation has enabled us to create a voice-activated sensory room, which is due to be completed at the end of this year and will include, to name but a few, a sound and light floor, LED light sources, a bubble tube and even a heated waterbed. This sensory room will make a huge difference to the students we help, and in particular those with a visual impairment. We are very excited for the students to be able to start using this wonderful new space.”

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