Children’s charity wins bespoke skylight

A Birmingham-based charity has won a competition to have a bespoke skylight installed in their premises.

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) work to provide week-long holiday breaks for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the North West of England.

Head of Operations Tom Farrington was trying to come up with a solution for the lack of light and over-heating in the charity’s kitchen, and as a result travelled to Grand Designs Live (GDL) to seek out potential options.

Sunsquare – a world-leading designer and manufacturer of high-specification skylights – had a stand at the event. When Tom saw that they were running the competition, he decided to enter on the off-chance.

Tom said:

“It is absolutely fantastic news – we’re a relatively small charity yet prepare more than 60 meals a day for children visiting our site. We currently have limited ventilation making the kitchen uncomfortable to work in during the summer months when using the large industrial ovens and fryers.

“Initially, we were considering the installation of a basic skylight, but Sunsquare are working with us on a solution that truly meets the operational needs of the kitchen. We are currently looking at an electronically-operated skylight to provide better ventilation, an effective release of steam and moisture and drastically improved levels of natural daylight.”

Justin Seldis, the managing director for Sunsquare, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled about being able to give something back to a charity that provides so much care and support to the children of the North West of England. They work tirelessly within their local community and we look forward to working with Tom Farrington and his team to deliver a practical and aesthetically pleasing rooflight for their premises.”