Gas engineers from around the country gave up their weekend to make over a Yorkshire rugby club for free. The Community Kindness initiative was organised by Pulse 1 and Pulse 2 radio stations and sponsored by Viessmann to fit a new heating system at Clayton Rugby League Club, supplied and fitted by the Heat for Good industry collective.
Eleven installers gave up their time to fit a Viessmann Vitodens 100-W combi boiler, with radiators from Barlo, pump from Grundfos, press fittings from M-Press, copper pipe from Plumbase and a low-loss header from Spirotech.
In addition to the heating system upgrade, volunteer tradespeople from around the region, as well as an army of local residents and rugby club members, pulled together to provide a new roof and toilets, as well as painting and decorating, industrial cleaning, asbestos consultancy and skip hire.
Darren McMahon, marketing director at Viessmann, which is official heating partner to nearby Huddersfield Town FC, says: “There is no doubt that the Clayton Rugby League Club makeover will significantly impact the local community and absolutely everyone involved should be proud of what has been achieved to turn the clubhouse into one that is now comfortable, safe and fit for purpose.
“The old heating system was in dire need of replacement; it’s something that clubs like Clayton struggle to fund without some help. Viessmann has a strong connection to the West Yorkshire area and we are very grateful to our industry friends for donating products, and of course, to the real stars, the installers, who came from as far afield as Brighton and Loughborough.”
Heat for Good is an open-membership charity install programme, made up of heating industry suppliers and gas engineers, and administered by Viessmann.
Club steward David Pickthall says: “This makeover of our clubhouse will give it a completely new lease of life; it will really put us on the map. We’re hoping to increase our membership and encourage more youngsters to join the club and take up rugby league. We can’t say thank you enough to Heat for Good, Viessmann and Pulse radio.”
The Heat for Good installers at Clayton Rugby League Club were:
Peter Booth of GV Booth Plumbing & Heating
Andy Brown of ACE Gas & Heating Services
Lee Brown of Peak Heating
Marcus Bull of MB Plumbing & Heating
Ian Forbes of Ian Forbes Heating & Plumbing
Clive O’Malley of O’Malley Plumbing & Heating
Ben Smailes of P&R Heating
Damien Rose of DTR Gas & Heating
Will Scholfield of NBH
Richard Watt of RAW Heating & Plumbing
Jerome Williams of J Williams Plumbing & Heating.