Council partnership backs charity walk

By on 24/04/2013 in News

Birmingham Energy Savers (BES), the Birmingham City Council/ Carillion Energy Services partnership, has given its backing to a fundraising event for local children's charities that will take place on May 19.

Thousands of people are set to take part in the Free Radio Walk for Kids along the 26-mile number 11 Outer Circle bus route in this, the fourth annual event organised by the city broadcaster in support of Help Harry Help Others, Leukaemia Care for Children and Birmingham Women's Hospital.*

“We are glad to be supporting this event,” said BES' Account Director Chris Hall.

“Walk for Kids and BES are both about improving the quality of the lives of people in and around Birmingham. We are putting our full weight behind it; encouraging our colleagues from BES, our partner Birmingham City Council and our parent company Carillion to take part. We are hoping for a great turnout on the day so that much can be achieved for local people.”

Launched last February, BES is working to reduce energy bills and increase the environmental performance of the city's residents. It is the first example of a local authority delivering the Government's Green Deal, through which the cost of carrying energy efficient measures will be recovered in via repayments made through the residents' electricity bills.

Thousands of people from in and around Birmingham have been in touch with BES' local contact centre** to register their interest. The hope is that many of them will have an equal interest in spending the energy they are saving in their homes by walking for kids.

Free's breakfast presenters Foxy & Giuliano, said: “It’s fantastic to have Birmingham Energy Savers supporting the Free Radio Walk for Kids, hopefully they’ll be on hand with some great advice to save energy on the day as well as at home. We’ll certainly need their help when we’re approaching the 26 mile mark.”

Chris Hall added: “We are hoping that every walker that lives in Birmingham signs up for an energy assessment at the same time. This can be done by phone on 0800 917 5772 or emailing our contact centre.”

For more information and to sign up now for the Free Radio Walk for Kids and a free energy assessment, visit www.freeradio.co.uk

ENDS

Media enquiries

•    Veron Graham, Marketing & Communications Executive, Birmingham Energy Savers.
Tel: 07891 568 592.   Email: veron.graham@carillionplc.com

•    Dominic Parker, Marketing Manager, Free Radio
Tel: 07540 411 458.   Email: dominic.parker@freeradio.co.uk

Notes to editors

* More information about the beneficiaries is available on www.freeradio.co.uk
** BES' contact centre on Smallbrook Queensway can be reached by calling 0800 917 5772 or by email to birminghamenergysavers@carillionplc.com

Birmingham Energy Savers

-    BES has a number of environmental/ economic aims, including to:-
o    help 60,000 city homes plus schools, businesses and organisations cut their energy bills and carbon emissions
o    help up to 26,000 homes out of fuel poverty
o    create and sustain at least 360 jobs in the area
o    help 600 people from priority groups into placements, training and work.

Free

-    Free is a Birmingham-based commercial radio station that broadcasts across the city on 96.4FM, via DAB and online at www.freeradio.co.uk
-    Walk for Kids events will also take place in the Black Country, Warwickshire and Worcestershire in June and July 2013.

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