Bill's our charity champ!
20 February 2014
by Desiree D’Souza
We’re so pleased to hear that Bill Everett of Howdens Joinery, our corporate partners for the past 10 years, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for his loyalty and commitment to our charity.
We nominated Bill for the Corporate Sector Charity Champion category of the Charity Staff & Volunteers Awards to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Bill has been the driving force behind our partnership for more than a decade.
It all started with a donation from Howdens in support of our work after the 2004 South Asian tsunami. Since then, Bill’s dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of people with disabilities in the UK and abroad. He's used his kitchen manufacturing experience to improve facilities at our residential services, with many receiving brand new, expertly-adapted kitchens. These have helped to give residents the independence to prepare their own meals and participate in healthy-eating classes.
For the last two years, Howdens has supported Can Do, a programme that has given thousands of young disabled adults the chance to volunteer in their communities. Thanks to this, many young adults have since learnt new skills, built their self-confidence, and some have gone on to secure jobs.
Bill is great at rallying support from his colleagues, with hundreds of employees having participated in sponsored challenges and volunteering activities at our services. Bill has even taken part in challenge events himself — in 2012 he entered a team in our Tri Together triathlon.
Nominating Bill for this award was an easy decision and it is just a small token of our gratitude. Despite his busy schedule, Bill has always found time support us.
Thanks to his commitment and the generosity of everyone at Howdens, donations to our charity have grown to over £1million. He has had a really positive impact on the lives of so many disabled people, in the communities where our Can Do programme is delivered and through our services across the UK.
When we told Bill he'd been shortlisted for the award, with characteristic modesty he said, ‘It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Leonard Cheshire Disability over the past ten years. I’d like to thank them for their support, kind words and friendship over the years. I am truly honoured to have been put forward for this award and on behalf of Howdens look forward to continuing our support of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s inspirational and life changing work.’
The Charity Staff & Volunteers Awards exist to celebrate the outstanding dedication and achievements of charity staff and volunteers across the UK. Results will be announced on 6 March, and we can’t think of a worthier winner than Bill.