Ireland's Electrical Magazine 92 Aug-Sept


Industry charity designates first regional Ambassador

ETT NI & SparkSafe LtP team joined family and friends of the late Derek Thompson on July 2, to tackle Slieve Doan in the first of a two-part charity hike of the Mourne Mountains to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Unit. Derek helped shape many lives within the electrical world and many other spheres and is deeply missed by all who knew him. He loved hiking through the Mourne Mountains and in his final year, following a diagnosis of lung cancer, he made two summits. In his memory, staff members, family and friends are climbing the exact two routes. So far, £2,795 has been raised for the Macmillan Cancer Centre, Antrim. The second walk will be Slieve Commedagh via the Brandy Pad on September 3. To support this worthy cause, you can donate online via: memory-of-derek-thompson. Derek’s hike aids Macmillan Cancer Unit

The Lighthouse Club – the only charity that is 100% dedicated to electricians, plumbers, heating contractors and construction workers in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK – has appointed its first dedicated regional Ambassador: Colleen Milligan. Colleen will be raising awareness of the services and fund raising events organised by The Lighthouse Club across the

whole of Northern Ireland and Ireland. The charity provides a huge array of easy to access, free and confidential support for all sectors of the construction industry. The Lighthouse Club’s current campaign, ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’, is working on raising awareness of poor mental health within all construction sectors. Your company can get involved by displaying the ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ posters and cards across your site. Download the posters from: the-hard-hat/

Colleen Milligan, Lighthouse Regional Ambassador – Ireland with Lighthouse Head of Partnerships, Tom McConkey.

Other services include a 24/7 confidential helpline (0345 605 1956 UK / 1800 939 122 ROI), managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. It’s available to everyone on site and offers emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support. Contact Colleen on: +44 (0)1 473 913156, email: or visit: for more regional information.

Pedals up for Kirby Group’s charity cycle

Kirby Group Engineering has launched the Kirby Way Cycle 2022, a charity staff initiative to raise money for good causes, including Self Help Africa. On Friday, September 2, leaving from Kirby Group Engineering’s headquarters in Limerick, several hundred participants will cycle first to its Galway office. On the

second day, more advanced cyclists will cover the distance from Galway to Dublin. There will be many Kirby employees, their families, supply chain partners and clients, participating on day one, while the more serious cyclists and club cycling partners will lead the challenge on day two of the event. The full journey will cover a distance of over 300km. The electrical and instrumentation contractor is raising the money alongside its fundraising partners and in conjunction with Warriors for Humanity. Group Managing Director Mark Flanagan, who will be taking part in the cycle says it’s an inspirational project, “The world has changed in the past two years and the world of work, in particular, has been transformed. This event will remind us in Kirby that two things remain the same. Firstly, our primary core value is our people … Secondly, Kirby’s commitment to helping those in need in Ireland and around the world.” Visit for more information.

Alan Kerins of Warriors for Humanity, Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly, HR Officer at Kirby Melandri Van Zyl and Operations Director at Kirby Mikey Ryan at the launch of the Kirby Way Cycle 2022. Photo: Alan Place.

Friends, family members and colleagues of Derek Thompson from ETT NI & SparkSafe LtP climb Slieve Doan to raise funds in his memory.


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