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Campaign raises awareness of the dangers of scalding and makes over £5000 for charity as it does so
In just 12 months, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has raised over £5,000 for its favourite charity, the Children's Burns Trust.
"Time flies and what now seems a long time ago, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association launched its latest campaign, Hot Water Burns Like Fire," says the BMA's Amy Kirk. "The campaign is aimed at stopping scalding accidents by raising awareness of the dangers of hot water and by promoting the use of simple thermostatic devices to eliminate the risks. The campaign's websitewww.hotwaterburns.org together with its dedicated social media, has been recruited to spread the word.
"The campaign is gathering momentum. Movers and shakers in the bathroom and kitchen industry are pushing hard to both raise awareness of the issues, and generate much needed cash to help support the Children's Burns Trust charity."
Fund raising is taking a number of routes, the most impressive so far being the Three Peaks Challenge undertaken by BMA staffers, Christian Taylor-Hamlin and Amy herself.
Also important has been the recent industry golf day and raffle which help swell the funds. The BMA would like to recognise those who helped with the donation of prizes:
- Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park - 4 ball golf voucher
- BMA - Robert Brown individual trophy and golf clock
- Hansgrohe - Putter
- BMA - Whisky
- Neoperl - Golf Umbrella
- Britannia Living - Roberts Radio
- Crosswater - 4 ball golf at Moor Park golf club
- Croydex - Golf Day for 2 people at Stoke park Buckinghamshire
- Francis Benali - Signed Caricature Francis Benali and Mat Le Tissier
- Laufen - Swiss Watch
- Lecico - Mystery prize
- Neoperl - IPad mini
- Pro Publishing - Hamper
- Roca - Rioja wine
- Roman - Pamper kit
- Sarah Churcher Conference Call - Case of wine
- Siamp - Apple watch
- UBM - Case of Chapel Down Champagne
Yvonne Orgill, BMA Chief Executive says: "Our campaign, Hot Water Burns Like Fire, is one of the most important we have undertaken. Simply put, it is aimed at saving lives.
"We are delighted with the response and support from all sectors of our industry. I am also thrilled that we have also been able to raise so much money for the Children's Burns Trust. I would like to personally thank everyone for their hard work and generous donations."
To mark the first anniversary of the campaign the BMA launched an educational app called Hotspots. The app, available for both Android and Apple phones, teaches children of all ages to recognise possible scalding dangers in the home. This first edition of the game visits Benji's house and, using facts and statistics from the Children's Burns Trust, teaches children in a 'fun-ucational' way, the seriousness of scalding and burns.
To help launch the app the renowned English professional footballer and coach, Francis Benali, gave it a test run. "I love it! I think the concept and the idea is incredible," he says. "Not just children but adults need to be educated about this as well to minimise injury.
"It's great that the industry is getting behind the charity and promoting the benefits of thermostatic mixing valves."
The campaign, its fund raising activities and further development of the Hotspots app are all set to continue in the drive to stop scalding accidents.
6th November 2015