On Friday 28th October, staff at HWEnergy will confront a charity challenge that will put our skills and resources to the test. The ‘Biomass SOS!’ event will see us donate labour in an attempt to provide renewable heating to the Lochaber Rural Education Trust (LRET) building adjacent to our Fort William HQ in less than one day.
Set up as a charity in 2001, the LRET learning centre is a unique facility educating groups of school children – many of whom have learning difficulties and additional support needs – in rural skills, environmental studies, gardening and animal husbandry. Other users include nurseries, care homes, day care placements and Women’s Aid as well as members of the public. More than 1,000 visitors take part in activities each year at the centre. However, they currently have no working central heating system and, with the colder months fast approaching, this is an issue for the comfort of pupils, volunteers and staff alike.
Moira Hartley, Trust Manager, Lochaber Rural Education Trust comments: “We are very proud of our achievements but one issue that lets us down is the lack of heating within our premises. As an interim measure we have been using portable gas heaters which simply do not offer adequate heating and are not cost effective.”
“We are extremely grateful to HWEnergy for providing the professional support we desperately require which will allow us to have a more welcoming cosy building and be more environmentally friendly.”
HWEnergy’s staff from around the country will pull together to address the problem in a charity work day that will yield immediate results. Bruno Berardelli, MD of HWEnergy: “We are going to link this building to our own biomass boiler. We’ll need to install the pre-insulated underground pipe, do the interface work and install radiators. Our mission is to get heating into the LRET building and make it a more comfortable space for them to carry out their valuable work with community groups – and to do it all in one day!”
Another benefit of the project is that by supplying heat to the LRET, more income will be generated by our own biomass boiler in the form of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments from the government. We ring-fence this income for our Community Fund, meaning more money will be available to provide community grants. Since we started our Community Fund in 2012, we have donated more than £18,000 to 56 different charities, sports clubs and organisations throughout Scotland.
Provide support to the Biomass SOS! Challenge
We’ve set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving where you can help raise funds for the project. Any money raised will be put towards the required materials and support the good work of the Trust.
For further information contact:
Alasdair Miles, Marketing Sales Co-ordinator
t: 01397 706412