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Aptus supports children's bereavement centre


Press release
November 2023

Aptus supports children's bereavement centre

Aptus, the major independent wholesaler of fixings and fasteners, is supporting DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need.

The business has donated products from across its extensive range to this year's project which entails the construction of a new children's bereavement centre at Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire.

The centre will act as a dedicated facility to provide therapy and counselling services to children, some as young as seven, who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Often the bereavement is due to an unexpected and traumatic reason such as an accident, suicide or murder.

Treetops Hospice, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023, supports individuals and their families from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are affected by life-changing illnesses and events.

This includes illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Huntington's Disease.

The services provided by Treetops Hospice, which include nursing care, emotional support, respite care and bereavement support, are all offered free of charge.

Every year, it must raise more than £4.3 million to meet its running costs which equates to around £12,000 per day. 70% of this sum comes from charitable donations and fundraising events.

Speaking of the company's support for DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need, Stewart Taylor, Managing Director at Aptus, said: "Thanks to our ethical approach and high levels of integrity, Aptus has become the trusted fastener partner for customers across the length and breadth of the UK. These same attributes also mean we fully recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility and of giving something back to local communities.

"Our involvement with the DIY SOS project at Treetops Hospice enables us to demonstrate our commitment and we are proud to be involved in a project that focuses on such a worthwhile cause."

Jules Kirk, Therapeutic Services Manager at Treetops Hospice, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have the DIY SOS team create a brand-new counselling and therapy centre within our grounds in Risley.

"Just like adults, children who have lost someone important can find themselves struggling with a range of powerful emotions which can affect their daily lives and relationships at home and school.

"Annually, we provide over 900 counselling sessions for children who are having difficulty coping with the death of a loved one.

"The DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need will make an immeasurable difference to hundreds of young people and their families from across our local area."

The special episode of DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need featuring products from Aptus airs on BBC One at 9pm on November 16th2023 and will be available on catch up TV afterwards.

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Notes to editors

  • Established in 1992, Aptus Fastener Systems Ltd is a major UK wholesaler of screws and fixings.

  • For over thirty years, the business has supported the success of customers in a range of sectors - including construction, offsite construction, engineering and landscaping - through the provision of high performance, technically advanced products.

  • Aptus also provides products for resale by builder's merchants, hardware suppliers and specialist fixing and fastener stockists and distributors.

  • The Aptus range is sourced by its expert buying team from around the world. All products are selected based on their suitability for the UK market, are available ex-stock from UK warehouses and are backed by UK-based technical support.

  • Aptus products include the company's bestselling timberfix® woodscrews and its pro-struct® structural timber screws.

  • Aptus offers exclusive products such as HVP connectors and Powerclamps from Pitzl® as well as HECO-TOPIX® screws from HECO®. It is the sole UK partner for both Pitzl® and HECO® who are globally respected, German manufacturers.

  • The quality of Aptus products is matched by the quality of its service. The company is committed to the highest levels of integrity and to offering honest advice based on hard-won technical expertise. This approach has made Aptus the trusted partner for customers across the UK.