WEBS and industry partners raise money for worthy cause

WEBS, supported by a number of industry and other partners, has successfully raised £350 for the oncology unit at the Queen's Medical Centre (QMC), Nottingham.

The provider of training programmes such as City & Guilds and PIABC approved apprenticeships for the furniture and associated industries staged a charity raffle at its annual awards evening held on Friday July 8th at the Village Hotel, Chilwell, Nottingham.

Prizes for the raffle were donated by employers and suppliers that work with WEBS on an on-going basis as well as by local businesses and organisations.

These donors included manufacturer of fastening systems, tools and consumables for the furniture and bedding sector, BeA who donated a luxury Fortnum & Mason champagne and chocolates hamper.

BeA has supplied WEBS with tools like nailers, tackers and staplers as well as consumables free of charge and for use across its courses for a number of years.

Other prize donors included Derby County Football Club, Village Hotels, Sharon Hearst Portraits, Tesco PLC and local confectioners, Pick and Mix.

WEBS staged the charity raffle in memory of 10-year-old Callum Padgett. The little boy from Ilkeston, near Nottingham, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 6. This rare form of cancer affects only about 100 children a year in the UK.

Callum received treatment at the Queen's Medical Centre for four years enduring chemotherapy, radiotherapy, stem cell harvesting, blood transfusions and platelet operations.

Tragically, Callum lost his brave battle with cancer and passed in March 2016.

The money raised by WEBS will be used by QMC to help other children like Callum as well as their families.

This is the second year WEBS has staged its annual awards which aim to recognise and reward the achievements of learners from across its numerous apprenticeships and courses.

Awards are offered for categories which mirror the range of trade-specific areas covered by the training provider such as frame making, cabinet making, wood machining, and polishing and spray finishing. The event was attended by almost 200 people from across the furniture industry.

Commenting on the awards evening and its fundraising efforts, Lorraine Yellop-Witts, community development manager at WEBS, said: "The 2016 WEBS awards was a great evening and built on the success of the inaugural event held last year.

"We're especially delighted that we managed to raise so much money in memory of Callum Padgett and for the oncology unit at QMC. We'd like to thank all our partners who donated prizes as well as all those guests on the evening who lent their support."

John Mercer, managing director at BeA, added: "BeA has been a longstanding supporter of WEBS recognising the invaluable and important contribution the training provider makes to the success and continued prosperity of the furniture industry.

"Donating a prize for the WEBS charity raffle was a natural extension of that commitment. Given the nature of the cause and our strong belief in corporate social responsibility, BeA was only too happy to be involved."

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Caption:                     United against cancer. In conjunction with industry partners such as BeA Fastening Systems, WEBS has raised £350 for the oncology unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

For more information on this story, contact Wayne Leith at wayne@tpz.uk.com

About WEBS

- Located in Nottingham, WEBS is a dynamic training organisation which specialises in meeting the needs of the furniture and associated industries.

- To help both large and small employers to develop and maintain a skilled workforce, WEBS provides a range of training courses and initiatives.

- In particular, WEBS is a leading provider of Government sponsored City & Guilds and PIABC approved apprenticeship programmes in trade specific areas such as upholstery, wood machining, cabinet making, frame making, polishing, restoration/finishing, timber merchanting, component manufacturing, installation and supervision.

- To facilitate employment opportunities for its learners and access to a pool of suitably trained talent for employers, WEBS maintains and promotes close links between the furniture industry, education providers and referral agencies.

- WEBS continues to work closely with Construction Skills and the Proskills National Skills Academy to develop new qualifications to meet the needs of the industries and sectors it serves.

- WEBS was originally founded in 1968 as a training association by four locally based, major furniture manufacturing companies - Wade Upholstery Co, Everest Furniture, Beauvale Furnishings and Gimson and Slater.

- For more information on WEBS, visit www.webstraining.com

About BeA

- BeA is a global manufacturer of fastening technology for a wide range of industries including construction, furniture production, automotive, packaging, landscaping, bedding, transportation and many others.

- BeA’s products range from automated fastening systems for modern speed, high efficiency production lines to nail guns, nailers, heavy duty staplers, tackers, pinners, industrial screwdrivers and hot melt technology.

- The business also manufactures a wide range of accessories and consumables including screws, nails, staples, timber connectors, gas fuel cells and compressed air products.

- BeA was founded in Germany in 1910 and has its global headquarters in Ahrensburg. Its UK head office and distribution facilities are located in Woodmansey, East Yorkshire.

- For over 100 years, BeA has rigorously maintained a commitment to technical excellence and true precision German engineering. Its products are tried and tested in applications across the world where failure is not an option. The business is also accredited to ISO 9001 standard and certified by the German TÜV.

- More information on BeA and its extensive product range can be found at www.bea-group.com

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