Bill Everett of Howdens Joinery last night (6 March) won a prestigious award for a decade of dedicated work with the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Howdens Joinery has been a corporate partner of Leonard Cheshire Disability for 10 years, and Bill, the Charities Manager, has been the driving force behind that partnership. He won the Corporate and Public Sector Charity Champion at the Charity Staff Foundation Awards, following a nomination by Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Since 2004 Bill’s dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of people with disabilities, supporting the charity’s work in the UK and abroad. He has used his experience to improve facilities at Leonard Cheshire residential services, with many receiving brand new, expertly-adapted Howdens 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 Joinery has supported Can Do, a programme that has given thousands of young disabled adults the chance to volunteer in their communities. As a result, many young adults have since learnt new skills, built their self-confidence and some have gone on to secure jobs.
He also rallies up support from colleagues, with hundreds of employees having participated in sponsored challenges and volunteering activities. Bill himself has even taken part in challenge events – in 2012 he entered a team in our Tri Together triathlon, cycling 15km.
Desiree D’Souza, our Head of High Value Partnerships, said: “Bill really deserved this award and we are so delighted that his dedication has been recognised. We can’t think of a worthier winner.
“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 impacted positively 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.”
Bill Everett 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 and on behalf of Howdens look forward to continuing our support of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s inspirational and life changing work.”
The Charity Staff Foundation Awards exist to celebrate the outstanding dedication and achievements of charity staff and volunteers across the UK.
About Leonard Cheshire Disability
Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the UK’s largest voluntary sector providers of services to disabled people. We support thousands of people with physical and learning disabilities in the UK and we work with Cheshire partner organisations in 54 countries around the world. We campaign for change and provide innovative services that give disabled people the opportunity to live life their way. Visit www.LCDisability.org