Industry charity Rainy Day Trust gave out a special accolade of its own at The Housewares Innovation Awards 2016 ceremony earlier this month.
The event took place on the night of Monday February 8 at the Vox Conference Centre within Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC, during Spring Fair.
The occasion was organised by Datateam Business Media Group, the publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner Housewareslive.net.
Hosted by celebrity Jay Rayner, the prestigious ceremony attracted some 400 guests, keen to hear the winners of the Housewares Innovation Awards (read more at www.housewaresinnovationawards.com).
On the night, Rainy Day Trust formally thanked housewares supplier Rayware for the support it has given the charity.
Rainy Day Trust chief executive officer Bryan Clover said: “We wanted to recognise the exceptional support that Rayware has given to the Rainy Day Trust. They have been very strong supporters of the charity for some time, and have also acted as ambassadors for us within the industry.
“We felt that it was appropriate to recognise their support publicly, and the Housewares Innovation Awards 2016 was the perfect opportunity to do just that. “Without the help and support from Rayware, and our other industry partners, we would not be able to help as many people who are in desperate need.”
A collection between guests during the Housewares Innovation Awards ceremony raised a total of £1,505 for Rainy Day Trust, and a certain amount of Gift Aid will be claimed on this amount.
The charity also ran a raffle on its stand at the Spring Fair, which raised £422. Prizes include a luxury short break, a pearl necklet & earrings, a Fortnum & Mason hamper and a case of champagne.
Rainy Day Trust has been providing financial assistance to individuals from the home improvement and enhancement sectors since 1843.
Housewares is a core part of that sector and the Trust realises that life can deal people a tough hand sometimes, and is there to offer the support that people need. ‘We don’t pass judgement, just deliver assistance,’ it says.
l-r: Rainy Day Trust vice president Neville Singer; Rayware head of sales Jonathan Brown; Rainy Day Trust chief executive officer Bryan Clover