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2018 marks 25 years of Chandlers Building Supplies Limited. To celebrate this milestone, we are setting ourselves some personal challenges throughout the year and fundraising for the Construction Industry Helpline as well as other local charities. We are also making a number of donations to charities and good causes to show our support for the local communities in which we trade.
We are going to keep this page updated with the events we are taking part in and the donations we make, so please support us by checking in on us throughout the year!
The first event up this year, was The Grand Brighton Half Marathon at the end of February. Amazingly, we managed to recruit 25 of us to take part in the event, from seasoned runners to those who wouldn't even run for a bus - the group were the true definition of mixed ability!
For this event, we were fundraising for Brighton & Hove Crossroads Care and La Leche League GB Breastfeeding Helpline. Finishing times ranged from 1 hour 34 minutes to 5 hours. We did say we were a mixed ability group!
The VADO Rally 2018 is on between the 7th and 10th June this year. Competing to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust and Variety charities, teams will rally through some of Europe's greatest cities and scenery in a car worth no more than £500.
In the Pavestone Rally 2017, the Chandlers team took second place, narrowly beating the Cembrit team into third. This year we are joining forces and aim to be in the running for best dressed car, best dressed team, best fundraising and, of course, overall winners! Find out more and make a donation here. You can follow the adventures of our team on Facebook.
We are holding a golf day on Thursday June 14th at Mid Sussex Golf Club to celebrate our 25 year anniversary and to raise funds for the Construction Industry Helpline. Entry fee for the day is £30 and includes bacon rolls & coffee, 18 holes of golf, world champion trick shot demonstration and a carvery lunch. All of our customers are welcome to join us, be quick though - spaces are limited! Find out more about the golf day here.
A few people from our Brighton branch are planning to participate in Paddle Round the Pier, taking place on the first full weekend of July this year. Based around the West Pier, the event is just a stone's throw away from our Brighton branch and is set to be another fantastic beach festival.
On 18th August, a group of us are going to cycle from our Petworth branch to our Ringmer branch, a journey of approximately 42 miles. Taking a scenic route through the beautiful Sussex countryside, the journey should take around 4-5 hours.
Jason is our Petworth Branch Manager, pictured across. Last year, Jason suffered a heart attack and his recovery has been life-changing for him. In his own words, Jason talks about the challenge planned for August 2018:
"In late August 2017, my life changed forever. I had a heart attack and bypass surgery. At the age of 53, it felt like it was all over really and I was never again going to be able to climb that metaphorical mountain. Well I was wrong… I soon appreciated, with complete clarity, that it's down to me and if I got through this (also along with the aid of a great surgical team), then I was going to make sure that I did all I could to make a difference to my future.
Every day we hear the hollowness of words spoken, along with realisation of how cheaply we can often use them to express what we are going to do or see. This is my journey – that is the challenge and this is me doing it."
In February, we made a donation to the 'Cuts 4 Kenya', a fundraising project created to make the 'Dream Room' possible. The 'Dream Room' is located in Kisumu Children's Remand Home, located in Kisumu, Western Kenya.
It is a project that will transform a disused classroom from an empty shell to a welcoming, fun place. It will be resourced into a library with wall murals, furniture, and arts and crafts. You can find out more about the project here.