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New windows announced at Building Communities

Efficiency East Midlands recently announced its chosen charity for 2015 as Steps Conductive Education Centre, based in Shepshed.

The centre provides free of charge specialist nursery services and support to children with motor disorders and their families, enabling them to lead fuller, more active lives. Laura Beales, a mother and user of the centre spoke at the awards about her experience of the charity and its importance in the Leicestershire community.

At Friday night's inaugural Building Communities in the East Midlands Awards gala dinner, EEM and a number of other sponsors, donated a wide range of fantastic raffle and auction prizes, which in total alongside other donations raised £10,000 for Steps.

Trish Edwards, manager of Steps said: “We are delighted to have the support of Efficiency East Midlands. The support we receive from organisations like this is very much needed and appreciated by our committed team of staff and trustees, as well as the parents and children who use the centre.”

But EEM’s support of the charity didn’t stop there. At the end of the night, Managing Director Pete Smith was joined by Adrian Pavey of Nationwide Windows and Glenn Slater from Woodhead Heritage, in a huge surprise for Trish and the charity’s patron, Rosemary Conley.

Pete added: “When I visited Steps, I was blown away by the fantastic work they do with the very young children and their families. But as I walked around the centre, I was equally concerned at how cold the rooms were, due to the old single glazed windows.

“The minute I left, I made it my mission to improve the thermal efficiency of the building and help the charity create a warmer environment for the families, and hopefully save money on their heating bills.

“I asked the wonderful people at Nationwide and Woodhead to support me in my mission, and they all agreed without question.

“This summer Nationwide Windows will replace all the single glazed windows with secure by design windows and Woodhead Heritage will supply the time of one of its stonemasons to complete the repointing and finish of the surrounding stonework.”