Engineers back Leeds man’s latest fundraising effort for children’s charity

The team of engineers outside the house in Cookridge.
The team of engineers outside the house in Cookridge.
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Heating engineers from around the country joined forces to help a Guiseley man raise money for charity in memory of his daughter.

Allen Hart lost his three-year-old daughter Laura to cancer in 2007 and he has since been an stalwart supporter of Leeds-based Candlelighters, which helps children with the disease. He has raised more than £50,000 and received a Pride of Britain award.

The central heating company boss’s latest donation came from fitting a boiler in a Cookridge house and giving his fee to the organisation. Mr Hart was given radiators by a colleague in Peterborough while heating company Ariston donated the boiler, and engineers from Leeds, Norfolk and Wales added festive cheer by wearing elf costumes.

Mr Hart said he was very grateful to colleagues for giving up their time, adding: “This is my way of thanking the charity for the support they gave to us when our daughter was ill.”

Stuart Hulland, from boiler company G K Hulland & Son, which organised the fitting, said: “When we knew what Allen was doing we had no hesitation in getting involved.”

Brian Curran, Candlelighters corporate fundraiser said: “This is a fantastic gesture from a group of caring guys and companies.”

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