A nationwide ‘Gas Chat’ tour has started, aiming to raise £25,000 for charity by installing boilers in 12 properties from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
The Candlelighters charity is supporter by gas engineer Allen Hart, who began providing charity installations in memory of his daughter Laura, who died at three years old from a rare form of cancer in 2007. Allen offers free boiler installations and servicing for customers in return for a donation to the charity.
The first installation took place at a property in St Columb Major in Cornwall at the end of January 2017, and the tour aims to continue throughout the year. Each stop will see local heating engineers who are members of the online Gas Chat social media forum taking part in installation work.
Candlelighters raises more than £1 million every year to fund a number of services that offer practical and emotional support to children with cancer and their families throughout Yorkshire.
In order to be able to complete each charity install, Allen relies on boiler and ‘parts’ donations from manufacturers, plus local gas engineers giving their time for free. For the ‘Gas Chat’ tour, Ariston has donated 14 new E-Combi evo boilers, complete with eight-year warranties and Ariston NET controls.
Allen says: “I’d like to thank Ariston for being so generous in donating the boilers and for the company’s ongoing support to Candlelighters. I’d also like to extend my thanks to the local members of the ‘Gas Chat’ forum for generously giving up their time to participate in each installation.”
Ariston managing director Mustafa Findik says: “It’s fantastic to see such a successful start to the tour and Candlelighters gaining recognition throughout the UK. We are thrilled to be helping people across the country improve their heating systems while contributing to a worthy cause.”
Other companies lending their support include Fernox, Expert Trades and Monument Tools.