A personal memory prompted a charity gesture when a firm near Horsham scooped double gold in a national contest.
The Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs firm’s two wins came at the prestige Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association national awards held at The Ricoh Centre in Coventry .
And the firm gave £500 awarded as part of its success to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund charity in memory of a well-loved family member after boss Craig Trusson and his wife Gill collected their trophies.
Managing director Craig told the Post: “My wife lost her mother to pancreatic cancer. The awards were the most significant things to us and we thought the charity could use the money better than us.”
The judges in the awards recognised the best designs, installations and service provided by members of the U.K. pool and spa industries trade association. The firm is based at the Hillier Garden Centre in Brighton Road, just outside Horsham.
The company’s first award was the association’s most prestigious one, The Peter Geekie Trophy for Retail Excellence. This is awarded to the business the association recognises as giving the best all round retail customer experience in the U.K. Peter Geekie was a pioneer in the residential pool trade and help Craig prepare for his success in the business.
Craig said: “We were delighted to win. We have been runner-up four times I think in the Peter Geekie category since we have been here. We have a very beautiful trophy.”
The second gold award to the firm was for the winner of the “Residential Wellness Pool” category for an Original Endless Pool Installation.
The business was established in 1983 and has been based at the Hillier Garden Centre since that time.
The business specialises in the installation and maintenance of domestic swimming pools and retails Hot Tubs and pool and spa accessories from its award winning show centre. It has previously won eight gold medals in different categories in the SPATA awards as well as other awards in the past.
Craig and Gill are pictured receiving the Peter Geekie award from Neil Murray chairman of Certikin and president of SPATA Alex Kemsley.