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Blackstone Consultancy treks Sahara to raise £20k for sick children

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Blackstone Consultancy will trek the Sahara Desert next month to raise money for the Children’s Air Ambulance.

The six-day trek in November will see the team battle daily temperatures up to 38 degrees and camping out in the desert with night-time temperatures of just minus four.

The team want to raise £20,000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance. The charity flies critically ill children across the UK to the specialist care they need.

Blackstone Consultancy’s aim is to raise enough money to buy a new incubator. This device sits in the rear of the helicopter and gives the greatest possible chance of survival to the critically ill child.

The trek will see the team start in M’Hamid-El-Rhozlane, walk over the cliffs of the southern Drâa towards the first dunes of Ait Oumir, before trekking along the banks of the Drâa catching sight of L’erg Zaher, the highest dunes in this region.

The team will comprise of Simon Giddins, Rob Bates, Tom Tahany and Rufus Caldecott, as well as Simon Bennett from Cloud Ten.

The team have kindly been sponsored by Cigna, Ecclesiastical, Geos360, The London Resolution, Pella Resources, James Hallam, Graphite Capital, Edenfells and Hampden & Co.

Managing Director Simon Giddins said the trek would be ‘challenging’ but for a worthy cause: “Each challenge represents a new charitable cause, our intention is to rotate from veterans’ charitable concerns, to children and finally women’s charities. The charities we choose reflect us and our core values. Veterans causes is for our background as former soldiers, children’s charities because we are all fathers or uncles and women’s charities because we are all husbands and sons. 

“These are charities and causes we feel incredibly strongly about. Business is doing well, and we feel that it is important to give something back, not only is it part of us being a socially responsible company, but it feels good to do something good as well.”

Plans are already underway for the team’s 2020 challenge in support of Breast Cancer Now, Britain’s biggest breast cancer research charity. 

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New ‘groundbreaking’ Crimestoppers service set to reduce energy crime…

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With an estimated 150,000 cases of energy theft investigated every year, the security charity, Crimestoppers has launched a new service which aims to inform the public of the consequences of energy theft and appeal for information.

Working alongside all 96 of the UK’s energy providers and distributors, theStay Energy Safe,’ initiative is set to host a ‘first of its kind’ anonymous service for the public to report energy crime; with tenants, businesses, landlords and the public all encouraged to come forward.

Chief executive at Crimestoppers, Mark Hallas, commented: “It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a ground-breaking agreement that we have forged with the energy industry to ensure that crimes such as meter tampering are clamped down on.”

He continued: “This isn’t just about supporting the industry, though, it’s about our duty to the communities we work with. Explosions and fires as a result of energy theft can be devastating, which is why we are running this service on behalf of the industry, to ensure our streets are safe.”

The government regulator for electricity and gas markets, Ofgem states that the reported cost of energy theft to the UK public is around £440 million per annum – equivalent to powering more than 400,000 homes.


Learn more about ‘Stay Energy Safe’ here


To report an energy-related crime by phone, call 0800 023 2777