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Charity support

The Glen Dimplex Futures Leaders programme is a graduate training programme which gives an opportunity for Engineering, Business & Finance and International Marketing Graduates to gain business insights, international perspective and invaluable real-world experience.

Dimplex also supports a range of local and national UK charities, through a mixture of volunteering, financial and product donation. 

Discover more about Dimplex’s recent charitable activities:

DIMPLEX ALL SET FOR ANOTHER DECADE SUPPORTING LOCAL CHILDREN’S HOSPICE

Dimplex’s charity fundraising initiatives for local hospices Naomi House & Jacksplace have crossed the decade mark. This support is more important than ever as the need for, and demands placed upon, the hospices increase.

Since 1997 the hospices have supported more than 800 children and young adults with life limited conditions offering respite care, emergency care, end of life and bereavement care. The hospices require £11,000 per day to operate, yet receive less than 10% of that through government funding, so are heavily reliant on fundraising activities.

Over the past 10 years, staff at Dimplex have supported the charity through a range of activities - from raffles and lottery ticket sales, to Christmas shops in the office. But by far the most successful is the regular collection of bags of unwanted clothes and gifts that can be sold through Naomi House retail shops. Dimplex staff donate around 60 bags every month with each worth on average £30 to the charity.

Employee Dawn Smith, who runs the charity initiatives for Naomi House at Dimplex said: “There is a tremendous amount of support and it is something that is so easy for everyone to take part in. It is a great way of raising money needed to run the hospice. As you can imagine there is a huge amount of equipment needed to help the youngsters, and it costs a lot of money.”

 

Dimplex’s Opti-V Fish Are an Infection Free Therapeutic Aid for Patients at the Great North Children’s Hospital

The Great North Children’s Hospital’s Ward 4 is the Teenage and Children’s cancer care ward, with patients coming from all parts of the North of England – meaning that many of them are a long way from home when they are having in-patient treatment.

Following the donation of an Opti-V™ Aquarium the ward’s patients and families are now able to enjoy the lifelike behaviour of these exotic marine fish and the bubbling sound of a real aquarium without the need for staff to feed fish, clean the tank or maintain the filter, water quality and temperature. Critically, as the Opti-V technology is water free with no harmful particulates or emissions, it was able to meet the safety requirements of the ward environment.

Wendy Larmouth, Sister in Charge on Ward 4 at the Great North Children’s Hospital, said; “We are so grateful for the donation of this fabulous aquarium, the children are absolutely transfixed. We have children coming from all across the UK for specialist inpatient treatment and often this can be an intense period of time. We encourage children to move around out of their beds, so making sure there is a quiet area in the ward where it is relaxing and calming is essential.”

 

DIMPLEX HELPS VOLUNTEER-RUN MUSEUM BUILD VISITOR NUMBERS BACK UP, BRICK BY BRICK

Just a quick five minute drive from GDHV’s Millbrook House is an amazing survivor of Britain’s industrial heritage. With a history dating back to 1897, Burseldon Brickworks is the last and only Victorian steam-driven brickworks left in the UK.

Crucial to the success and popularity of the Brickworks is how true the site remains to its former self, and it was this level of authenticity which drew the eye of volunteer Carolyne Haynes to Dimplex’s Optimyst fire.  The revolutionary technology seemed like the ideal choice to help bring to life the industrial sized boiler house, dating back to 1911. A donated Optimyst Cassette 400 now sits in the small opening at the bottom of the boiler where coal would have, once upon a team, been shovelled in.

Carolyne Haynes, from Burseldon Brickworks said: “We needed something that would be straightforward to install and would require very little maintenance from us. So far we have been really impressed with how the technology has held up in such a hostile environment against the cold and damp.”