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  1. HPS Raise Over £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Chris Derrer 5 hours 53 mins ago
  2. The emergence of ‘Smart Plumbing’ Chris Derrer 06-Sep-2017

HPS Raise Over £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Chris Derrer - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here at HPS it’s no secret about our admiration for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Over the past 12 or so years, we have raised money for GOSH through a number of fundraising events such as sports events, raffles and auctions. Formerly known as The Hospital For Sick Children, the hospital opened in 1852 with only ten beds but the devoted staff, high standards of care and volunteer workers have raised the profile of this hospital to a high level of growth and it’s now known the world over. We believe that donating money to GOSH is not only a great opportunity to give something back to the local communities but to help them in the future with caring for those who are in need.

Just last year we raised around £89,000 for Great Ormond Street, through our fundraising events and also our wonderful customers donating through the ‘Just Giving’ pages online, which means that over 12 years of doing this it totals up to £527,618.36 raised, which is something we are very, very proud of here at HPS. Therefore, on Monday 25th September 2017 we decided to make a special visit the hospital with our good friend, magician Andrew Kelly who wowed the kids, parents and staff!

We also took the opportunity to meet many of the staff, including resident GOSH legend and Head of Nursing, Jilly Hale and have a walk around the historic building and the Morgan Stanley Garden (which was of course created by the DIY SOS team).

As well as a charitable project, it has been a great team building exercise for HPS as a company, as many different branches have really got involved with the events, breakfast mornings and sport activities. Not only is it a great way to bond the individual teams and branches together but it also brings us closer to our customers on a personal level, which is just fantastic. We’ve been glad to have been able to be in a position where we can raise money for such a kind-hearted charity and a good cause, whilst bringing communities and customers from all over the south of England closer together.

If you would like to find out more about what we do to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, or how you could get involved, please contact us or visit our JustGiving page.

The emergence of ‘Smart Plumbing’

Chris Derrer - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Who knows what we’ll see in the future when it comes to plumbing and plumbing supplies; we already have Bluetooth shower systems in place, perhaps we could see self-cleaning toilets? Or LED Bathtubs? Future plumbing innovations are in demand, believe it or not. From flashy gadgets to smart innovations, the indoor plumbing tides are changing fast and for the better, with smart plumbing. In many modern buildings, luxury gadgets, maybe even like those described above in the future, go hand-in-hand with what is called smart plumbing.

Smart plumbing trends in new building design and old building renovations focus primarily on:

  • Promoting water efficiency
  • Waste removal efficiency
  • Methods of collection and storage of clean water
  • Economical heating systems

Smart plumbing, or green plumbing, aims to reduce water waste through new wastewater technologies, more efficient plumbing design, and practical landscaping. Green plumbing zeroes in on the conservation of our most important natural resource, by developing technologies such as WaterSense meters, that can regulate incoming water pressure for residences. Also greywater systems can be put in place to reuse excess waste water from the home, to be cleaned and then back into the water system or into irrigation. In the future these simple upgrades will have the potential to save hundreds on water and energy costs, which will in-turn add to your homes value.

Sanitary water supplies and adequate indoor plumbing supports families, businesses, industries, and agriculture across the UK and also the rest of the world. In-fact, 83% of people recognise that indoor plumbing and smart plumbing is essential to their own health and safety, as well as their families.

We have a range of smart plumbing solutions, here at HPS. Find your nearest branch here and pop in to see for yourself exactly what’s on offer.


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