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Crawley staff take part in Nation’s Biggest Housewarming event for charity

Crawley power workers joined forces to raise funds for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming event.



Crawley power workers joined forces to raise funds for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming event.UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8.3million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.

Staff at the company’s Crawley office, which employs more than 300 people in the town, organised a housewarming event including a guess the number of sweets in a jar contest and a dress down day.

The money raised will help charity National Energy Action (NEA) to promote the issue of fuel poverty and highlight how important it is to make sure people are able to stay warm and safe in their homes.

Kerry Potter, priority services manager for UK Power Networks, said:

“We were delighted to support this event and it was fantastic to see so many staff involved in helping such an important cause.

“We do extensive partnership work with community organisations and charities to provide practical help and support to our most vulnerable customers who may face a stark choice between whether to heat or eat.

“UK Power Networks recently launched a new £300,000 Power Partners fund to offer energy efficiency and money saving advice to community applicants in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy so we are prioritising this issue.”

Jen Carruthers-Jones, Business and Partnerships Manager at NEA, said:

“Every penny raised for the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming will help us in the fight against fuel poverty. Last winter the number of excess winter deaths was the highest since 1975.

“It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. There are over four million people in the UK struggling to make ends meet, stay warm and healthy this winter. We would like to thank UK Power Networks for supporting this great cause.”

NEA’s Nation’s Biggest Housewarming, established in 2014, aims to raise money to enable the charity to deliver community projects and continue to campaign to help over four million UK households currently suffering the effects of fuel poverty, unable to live in a warm, dry home.

The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming is part of the Warm and Safe Homes Campaign which is NEA’s annual winter initiative, raising awareness amongst both politicians and members of the public of the problem of fuel poverty and the action needed to be taken at a policy level; as well as the help and support available locally for those struggling to heat their homes. ,true);req.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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