Battersea-based Fraser & Ellis Ltd have joined the vital search for missing children across the UK as part of a partnership between The IPG and Missing People.
The IPG is a membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. Through its network of local, independent businesses, the group has a presence in over 200 locations across the country, so are well-placed to support with Missing People’s ongoing battle locating missing children.
As part of the recently launched partnership, Fraser & Ellis gave an initial donation to the charity and received a collection tin for their store and #nicevanman van stickers which they can give out to their customers who contribute. As their customers drive around the local area, the aim is that they will raise awareness of the charity’s great work. Fraser & Ellis are also able to download and print a Missing People poster, showing a child that has gone missing from their local area. The hope is that by making customers aware of any local missing children they can become extra eyes and ears in the search to find them.
With more fundraising activities planned for later this year and well into 2019, The IPG and Fraser & Ellis are devoted to being a key support arm to Missing People’s relentless work to help search, locate and turn around the lives of displaced children.
Paul Fraser, Managing Director at Fraser & Ellis, said; “I was shocked to learn that 80,000 children go missing each year in the UK, many more than once. Our aim is to work closely with our customers, other local tradespeople and the charity, to make our community aware of children who have gone missing in the area, therefore reinforcing the great work that the Missing People charity does and their vision of bringing missing children to a place of safety or back together with their families”.
“We’re delighted to be supporting Missing People, a national charity that delivers support locally throughout the UK. We are dedicated to supporting our local community through our CSR programme. We’re hopeful that we can help raise awareness of missing children in the local area.”
Amy Sweeting, Head of Major Gifts at Missing People, added; “Someone goes missing every 90 seconds in the UK. We offer a lifeline to the 1 million people affected each year by a disappearance. The help of the IPG’s members to put the children we’re trying to find in front of the local communities who might be able to find them will be invaluable. We are thrilled to be on-board with The IPG and are looking forward to the plans for the year ahead.”
The partnership coincides with the launch of The IPG’s new ‘#nicevanman’ campaign, which is aimed at turning the stereotype of the ‘white van man’ on its head.
To help launch #nicevanman, Fraser & Ellis are encouraging their customers and other tradespeople to get involved with the Missing People initiative. Those who visit Fraser & Ellis store can receive their stickers straight away, otherwise they can visit The IPG site and request one to be delivered to them.
As an extra incentive, tradespeople who post a picture on any social media channel of the sticker on their van will be in for the chance of winning a new toolkit from Monument Tools worth £650! To fully enter the competition, the caption needs to include the hashtag #nicevanman and tag The IPG social handle.
Fraser & Ellis are based at Units I&J London Stone Business Estate, Broughton Street Battersea, London SW8 3QR. For more information on the #nicevanman competition, please visit: https://www.the-ipg.co.uk/nicevanman/