Festool Urges Tradespeople to Use Pedal Power to Help Charity

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Festool Urges Tradespeople to Use Pedal Power to Help Charity

A leading supplier of high-end power tools and accessories has launched a new biking challenge to raise money for charity.

Festool’s Cycle Challenge is just part of the firm’s UK roadshow, which will be touring the country in July in order to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

The roadshow will feature two static Wattbikes, on which members of the trade will have the chance to win £500 of Festool prizes if they bike the fastest mile, three miles or five miles.

Featuring Festool’s premium range of tools, the fully equipped truck will also provide visitors with the opportunity to receive information, get hands-on with the tools and learn from a team of experts. Visitors will find new products for 2017, as well as Festool’s complete range of dust extractors to help safeguard a dust-free work environment.

The company has been selling top quality cycling tops as a fundraising initiative on its eBay page and will be raising thousands of pounds for the BLF as part of the Breathe Easy with Festool Dust Extraction campaign.

The truck tour begins in Portsmouth on 5th July and will call at Twickenham, Sittingbourne, Leyton, St Albans, High Wycombe, Nuneaton, Derby, North Shields, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Blackburn, Warrington, Belfast and Dublin.

Jonathon Burcham, Marketing Manager at Festool, said: “With carpenters and joiners four times more likely to contract asthma compared to other workers, the HSE says tradespeople must always use dust extraction.

“We’ve previously promoted the importance of safer, dust-free working conditions with the help of the BLF. Our latest Breathe Easy campaign is attempting to raise awareness of lung health amongst tradesmen who are most at risk of lung problems.”

The money made from the limited edition cycle shirts will go towards research into life-threatening lung diseases, as well as the care provided by the BLF for those suffering from conditions such as asbestosis, asthma, lung cancer, COPD, IPF, mesothelioma and more.

Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “We are so grateful to Festool and to everyone using pedal power in their Cycle Challenge, raising money to help us fight lung disease. This generous support will allow us to continue investing in research into new treatments and cures, and provide support to help people affected by lung disease throughout the UK.”

Exposure to wood dust, a known carcinogen, can also increase the risk of lung cancer. Alongside heart disease and non-respiratory cancer, lung disease is one of the UK’s three biggest killers.

The Festool truck will be visiting the following dealers:

5th July – Elliott’s, The Pompey Centre, Dickinson Road, Portsmouth

6th July – Harlequins, The Twickenham Stoop, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham, Middlesex

7th July – Axminster Sittingbourne, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Sittingbourne

10th July – Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London

11th July – Elsons, Unit 1 Brick Knoll Park, St Albans, Hertfordshire

12th July – Isaac Lord, 185 Desborough Road, High Wycombe

13th July –  Axminster Nuneaton, Bermuda Trade Centre, Hamilton Way, Nuneaton

14th July –  DIPT Derby, Sidney Robinson Business Park, Ascot Drive, Derby

17th and 18th July – Axminster North Shields, North Shields Retail Park, Norham Road, North Shields

19th and 20th July –  Kelvin Power Tools, 22 Kelvin Avenue, Hillington Park, Glasgow

21st July –  Engineering Agencies, 78 Halbeath Road, Dunfermline

24th July – Mercers, Pump Street, Blackburn

25th July – Axminster Warrington, Gateway 49 Trade Park, Kerfoot Street, Warrington

27th July – SIA Belfast, 2, 96 Beechill Road, Belfast

28th July – Hafele, Unit N3, North Ring Business Park, Santry, Dublin

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