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Niglon changes lives with £50,000 charity donation

A £50,000 donation is set to support the wide-ranging work of the electrical industry’s charity.

Niglon became the first ever corporate partner of the Electrical Industries Charity last June – and now, 12 months on, has handed over what is hoped will be the first of many donations.

And Commercial Director Paul Dawson says working alongside the charity has opened his eyes to the breadth of services offered to current and former electrical workers – and their families.

As part of the partnership, Niglon has donated 10% of the profits plus VAT from every single sale of their Median wiring accessories range during the last year.

They’ve also worked to highlight and spread awareness of the fantastic work of the charity among the industry through traditional media, their company marketing materials, and on social media.

Paul explains: “I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years, so have an awareness of some of the struggles facing workers and former workers – whether that’s around their health, wellbeing, or career. Sadly, we all know colleagues and peers who have been through tough times – and the hope is always, of course, that someone will be there for you in your hour of need.

“The impact of the pandemic is sadly set to continue for a long time, and we’re also now seeing people’s finances stretched further than ever due to the cost of living increases. All of this has potentially devastating implications, not only for individuals’ financial health, but also their physical and emotional wellbeing too.

“While we were able to continue operating as near to normal as restrictions would allow at Niglon  throughout the pandemic, we know all of the team faced their own personal worries and challenges, and we know many across the industry faced a raft of additional problems.

“It was seeing this unfold which led me to think what I could do as an individual, and what Niglon as a company, could do to give back to the industry. What would have a meaningful impact on our electrical sector peers.

“I wanted to ensure that we didn’t just make a one-off donation or a token gesture – that instead we could make a real difference to the lives of the people the EIC sets out to help, and that we could develop a long-lasting partnership with the charity.

“So, when I found out they were launching the commercial partnership scheme, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the answer – an ongoing link which would enable us to make a real difference, and to demonstrate our commitment to the electrical industry and the wellbeing of those within it.

“Linking the donation to our Median range, which is becoming ever-more popular, meant we had ample opportunities to highlight the EIC during the year, spreading awareness of their work alongside building up the donation amount.

“We were delighted to hand over £50,000 to representatives from the charity recently. We really can’t thank them enough for their continued hard work when it comes to making sure no one from the industry is alone – whatever problems they are struggling with – but we hope this donation goes some way towards showing our appreciation, and supporting them in their endeavours to help as many of our colleagues as possible.”

How will the money be used?

The EIC has been established for more than 100 years, and its aim is to support anyone in need within the electrical industry (including former workers) through a wealth of practical, emotional and financial support – as well as signposting towards specialised services.

Non means tested

  • General family law legal advice.
  • Therapy, mental health and bereavement support.
  • Psychiatric assessments.
  • Support for those suffering with a terminal illness.
  • Help with educational needs including dyslexia.
  • Clinical Occupational Therapy to develop back-to-work plans.
  • CV advice following redundancy and job loss.

Means tested

  • Will writing.
  • Holistic based intervention.
  • Counselling.
  • ADHD and ASD assessments.
  • Grants and financial assistance.
  • Debt advice.
  • Apprentice bursary scheme.
  • Severe illness support with the establishment of a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Their CEO Tessa Ogle said: “We’re delighted to have reached a milestone of a one-year anniversary with Niglon for being partners in our Commercial Agreement (CA) Programme.

“Through being a representative of the charity, donations like this make a massive difference to people in our industry who need help when they’re experiencing challenging times.

“This will benefit in so many ways, from mental health aid to financial and legal support.

“Thank you for your support, Niglon. We’re excited to see what the next 12 months of the partnership will bring.”

Through the year, the Niglon team has learned about some of the individuals who’ve benefitted from the EIC’s help – people like Shane.

The electrical distributor relied on the EIC when he became so unwell that he could barely get out of bed, and his employment was terminated just before the end of his probationary period.

When his symptoms worsened, he was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a dilated cardiomyopathy – meaning he was in severe heart failure and had two blood clots in his heart, despite leading a healthy lifestyle.

Thankfully he eventually recovered enough to be discharged – but he still needed to attend hospital appointments up to 70 miles away from home most weeks, and was unable to start his new job because of his health.

The family were able to cover their rent and utilities, but were having to sell clothing and toys to afford travel, hospital parking, and their weekly food shop. The EIC stepped in to provide a food voucher, pay for the children’s school uniforms and shoes, secure funds from League of the Helping Hand for new carpets needed in their home.

Niglon is a family-owned and family-run electrical supply business which can trace its roots back to the 1940s. Adopting the Niglon name in the mid-60s, the company has grown from a one-man enterprise to being a preferred supplier of wholesalers up and down the UK, with more than 4,500 products across eight core categories: circuit protection, wiring accessories, installation essentials, industrial accessories, cable management, lighting control, fixings and tools, and control and automation.

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