SELECT has donated more than £5,000 to the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) this year to help it continue its vital work for those who need it most.
Raised through a series of fund-raising events, the money will now help the charity provide practical support and financial relief to the 1.3 million people working in the electrical and energy-related sectors across the UK.
More than half of the money raised came from the SELECT Awards on 11 October, where a crowd of 350 gathered at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu to pay tribute to the leading talent within the Scottish sector.
Hosted by radio and TV personality Shereen Nanjiani, the 14th annual event included a charity raffle that raised more than £3,000 and saw three lucky winners walk away with some brilliant prizes, including afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow, kindly donated by the hotel.
The Awards fund-raiser followed The President’s Walk on 1 June, which brought in £1,500 as around 50 ramblers tackled the five-mile Green Bridge Trail at Chatelherault Park in Hamilton. The event was dedicated to Jim McArthur, SELECT past president and the former chairman of the Lanarkshire branch, who passed away in 2018.
A further £500 was raised for the EIC at our inaugural Teddy Bears’ Picnic, which brought together staff, Members and their families for a day of face painting, entertainment and games at The Walled Garden on 29 June.
SELECT President Kevin Griffin said: “The support from Scotland for the EIC’s great work has been amazing, and reflects the valued place this charity holds within our sector.
“Set up at a time when charities were in their infancy and safety nets such as unemployment benefits, state pensions and a national health service had yet to be thought of, the EIC has been providing assistance for more than 100 years to industry colleagues who have fallen upon hard times. The wide variety of services on offer from the EIC have been a major component in creating and maintaining the thriving industry which we work in today.”
Kevin added: “As well as financial assistance, the EIC provides telephone counselling, debt advice, support for carers, scholarships and bursary schemes, legal and career transition advice. All services are free and confidential, and are open to those who currently or who have previously worked in the electrical industry.”
Last year, the EIC gave out £500,000 in direct financial assistance and provided further non-financial support to more than 7,400 people.
Tess Ogle, EIC Managing Director and CEO, said: “We are extremely grateful to SELECT for their continued support. Thanks to their many ongoing events, and the generosity of their staff and Members, we are able to continue our vital work, helping electrical workers and their families throughout the industry.”
- Main image shows (left to right) a raffle winner at the SELECT Awards with EIC Regional Business Development Manager Marcella McArthur and SELECT President Kevin Griffin.