Based in the Drum Road, Cookstown, Kildress Plumbing are in the business of perfecting your home. Established in 1978 the company’s showroom includes the largest bathroom and range cooker display in Northern Ireland featuring more than 60 bathroom suites. The company provide bathrooms, shower enclosures, shower valves, ranges, stoves and tiles.
Des Keenan from kildress Plumbing is part of the Mid Ulster group of businessmen who helped launch the ‘Take Action’ prize draw for Action MS. The first prize in the draw is a Land Rover Freelander TD4 GS. A group of voluntary fundraisers led by Mr Keenan also helped the charity’s Mobile Aid Unit become a reality. This happened after a campaign that included a 100 mile sponsored walk around Northern Ireland.
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There are no bounds to the generosity and effort of Des Keenan and his colleagues at Kildress Plumbing.
Des who has a ‘soft spot’ for charitable work spearheaded the campaign to make the Mobile Care Centre become a reality. A total of £165,000 was raised to get the new centre on the road and to provide for a holiday home in Portstewart.
A five day walk from Kildress to Cookstown, a fundraising ballot and a concert by country musician Dominic Kirwan helped put the wheels in motion for the new unit. Action MS use the unit to provide information on the support services available including medicare holidays, befriending and focus groups.
Part of a well respected family business Des has been trading for over 25 years. His people skills and contacts were vital in setting up a steering committee of local people and other businesses to help with fundraising.
The bookings keep coming for the holiday home in the North West. Available from March to October each year bookings are taken on a first come first served basis.
In February 2008 Des and his company won top prize at the charity Oscars, the NICVA Link Awards. Action MS Chief Executive Ann Walker recognised the importance of having the mobile care unit available. She said: “Time and again we have heard from people living in rural areas of their deep frustration that all services are concentrated in Belfast.
“Fatigue is a big problem for people with MS and travelling can be very tiring and expensive if you are living on a fixed income. The mobile care centre is now bringing the much needed services to their doorstep.”
Des said at the awards night: “This award isn’t a one person award, it was made possible by many people who put a lot of effort into fundraising, selling tickets, taking part in the 200 mile walk and other activities as well.”
As a fundraiser Des continues to go the extra mile for Action MS. He is part of the Mid Ulster group of businessmen who helped launch the ‘Take Action’ prize draw for Action MS. The first prize in the draw is a Land Rover Freelander TD4 GS.