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16 July 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Traders Provide Solid Foundation

Checkatrade Foundation Adds Exodus Foundation to List of Charities.

SUMMARY

The Checkatrade Charity Foundation, the benevolent arm of Checkatrade.com, has added the Exodus Foundation to the portfolio of aid organisations it supports via monthly donations from Checkatrade trade members and staff. The Foundation recently handed a cheque for £1000 to Exodus in order to avert a food supply crisis at the Mityana Orpahanage in Uganda.

PRESS RELEASE

The Checkatrade Charity Foundation, the benevolent arm of Checkatrade.com, has added the Exodus Foundation to the portfolio of aid organisations it supports via monthly donations from Checkatrade trade members and staff. The Foundation recently handed a cheque for £1000 to Exodus in order to avert a food supply crisis at the Mityana Orpahanage in Uganda.

Formed in 2005, the Brighton based Exodus Foundation (www.exodusfoundation.org.uk) supports social, economic, educational, welfare and spiritual programmes wherever help is needed, particularly overseas and especially with children. At present, its main focus is the Mityana Orphanage, where over 75 orphans are now being cared for. Nearly all the children have been abandoned due to HIV/AIDS or civil strife claiming the lives of their immediate families. The orphanage provides them all with food, accommodation, schooling and medical care. Both a busy school and an under-resourced medical facility are within the Mityana compound.

Exodus are currently partnering with Valley Ministries to build at least 8 “Child Life Homes” for the orphanage. These individual homes will house up to 20 children each, with a House Mother giving children the care they so desperately need. Equipped with a kitchen, lounge, washroom and toilet, these homes are an ideal opportunity to introduce the children to something approaching a real home environment. With one home nearly finished, only a lack of funds prevents the building of the other seven at present.

Paul Price, co-founder of the Exodus Foundation alongside his wife, Kathie, said “This generous donation from the Checkatrade Foundation came at just the right time. Transport for practically all commodities comes through Kenyan ports and costs have doubled and trebled as political instabilities in that country have caused inevitable shortages and price hikes. Fuel costs have sky rocketed, impacting nearly everything. This has lead to a severe monthly shortfall in the orphanage’s finances. We thank God for the Checkatrade Charity Foundation’s timely intervention. What we need now – more than ever - are people who can make a regular commitment to support
the vision. Every single donation contributes to a massive difference in the lives of these children and we promise to put every penny donated to very hard work.”

In addition to the Exodus Foundation, the Checkatrade charity also supports the work done by Dreams Come True, Tantara’s Wish and Global Compasssion.

Dreams Come True www.dctc.org.uk are based in West Sussex and raise funds for terminally ill children to have their wishes become a reality. Over 3000 children have benefited so far, including the son of a Checkatrade staff member.

Also based in Sussex, Tantara’s Wish www.freewebs.com/vhluk  is a fund raising and support organisation named after Tantara Fox-Stillwell, the daughter of Checkatrade member Alan Stillwell. Alan and three of his daughters have all been diagnosed with Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome (VPL), a rare genetic disorder which causes the growth of tumours throughout the body. Since 2002 this tiny charity has raised over £20,000 for research into the condition at the University of Birmingham Genetics Department. They are also reaching out to other families that have VPL in their lives in order to provide mutual support and information.

The foundation also looks beyond Britain’s shores with their support of Global Compassion, (www.globalcompassion.org.uk) a small but ambitious humanitarian aid, disaster relief and development organisation that brings rapid and timely relief to those caught up in natural and man made disasters as well as poverty and deprivation. With projects in the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Nepal and Pakistan, Global Compassion helps the most needy and vulnerable, particularly disadvantaged families, widows and orphans.

Kevin Byrne, CEO and founder of Checkatrade.com says, “No man is an island. It is up to each of us to look to the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves, be they in the UK or elsewhere. Just a few pounds a month from each person is making a huge difference in lives both here and abroad.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.

Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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