Three inspirational installer-led initiatives have been recognised with an InstallerMERIT in 2021.
Pete Booth, Lee Brown, and MENTalk were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at an evening event during InstallerSHOW, in front of over 280 of their industry peers.
An industry event like no other, InstallerMERIT is not about products, services or installations – it’s about people in our industry doing great things.
After an extremely tough 18 months for everyone involved in the heating, plumbing and electrical industries, these three stories highlight the altruistic work that these unsung heroes carry out, for little or no personal gain.
Pete Booth – For Life-Changing Generosity to a Family in Need
When heating engineer Simon Antonelli was diagnosed with cancer, he was told he would never be able to work again.
In order to raise funds to support his family, he put out an offer on social media to sell his van and tools.
InstallerMERIT recipient Pete Booth helped to mobilise the heating and plumbing community, which came together to raise over 22,000 pounds to support Simon and his family.
Lee Brown – For Outstanding Charitable Work in the Community
Homelessness is a growing issue in the UK, which has been accelerated by the pandemic. Stats show that numbers had grown to 219,000 at the end of 2019.
And people with somewhere to stay are also struggling. In 2020/21 approximately 2.5 million people used a foodbank in the United Kingdom, over 600 thousand more than the previous year.
Our InstallerMERIT recipient Lee Brown found a fun way to unite the heating and plumbing industry, and raised over 10,000 pieces of clothing for people in need across the UK.
MENTalk – For Raising Awareness of Mental Health in our Industry
Lots of people around the UK struggle with mental health problems, especially when times are hard.
Unfortunately, men are much more likely to lose their lives to mental health issues, with three-quarters of suicides in the UK unfortunately among men.
InstallerMERIT recipients MENTalk are working hard to tackle the mental health stigma, provide support, and let people know it’s OK, not to be OK.
Pete, Lee and MENTalk join our class of 2019 Hattie Hasan, Mark Grieves and Tom Selby as InstallerMERIT recipients.
Installer often hears about what people or groups are doing to promote charity, encourage best practice or raise the status of the industry. We know these people are out there and our aim, through InstallerMERIT, is to recognise this valuable community work. If you know any person, group or initiative that you think we should know about, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with more information.