Elsatex goes to Germany!

With the dawning of a new year comes the prospect of new opportunities, and so – with that in mind, we jetted off for our annual show visit to Heimtex in Frankfurt, Germany.

The show ran from the 10th to the 13th of January and featured over 2,900 of the world’s most successful businesses in the textiles trade. We were among the 69,000 trade visitors from 141 countries who came.

We visited the show with our supplier Noman Terry who were exhibiting this year and provide us with a vast amount of our contract products. The visit to the show enabled us to strengthen our ties with existing customers, gain new knowledge about the latest innovative products in the textiles industry and helped us make new contacts with prospective customers too.

Overall, we had a very successful trip and look forward to returning next year!

Elsatex offer support to Kent charity

Elsatex help YouCan Youth Cancer Support

Last year Kent saw the launch of YouCan Youth Cancer Support, an amazing charity that support young people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

YouCan have just opened their incredible new holiday home, Hinton House in Westgate on Sea, which will offer holiday breaks to young people, their family and friends.   The home has been refurbished to a very high standard and being just five minutes walk from the beach, will give young people a chance to have some time away from their day-to-day lives and the enormous stress and anxiety of living with cancer.

We found out about the refurbishment through a friend and jumped at the chance to help YouCan with final touches to the soft furnishings.  They had already received bed linen by another sponsor, so we thought as the house is by the sea maybe they would like some luxurious bath/beach towels.

We presented the towels at the house launch and as you can see the check beach towels fitted perfectly with the colour scheme and were greatly received by Natalie Tegg, Head of Fundraising at YouCan.  The house launch was a great success and we also got to meet YouCan ambassadors; BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire and Radio DJ Dave Berry, who were there to cut the ribbon and officially open the house!

Colin Thacker, Founder and Trustee of YouCan said at the house launch, “Hinton House represents a significant step forward not just for the organisation itself but also in the provision of support and care for young people and their families, who have been impacted by cancer. This is a long overdue and very much needed facility that we expect to be occupied for the majority of the year by those who have been referred by their care professionals.

The fact remains that post-treatment support for younger people is vital to help them to return to a ’normal life’ – YouCan strives to achieve this through bespoke support programmes and the respite house, as well as offering support to those where treatment is no longer a viable option.  We make no charge for our services so donations are always welcomed however small or large, in order for us to be able to continue with our support work.

As well as offering short breaks, YouCan provide wellbeing weekends, counselling, therapy sessions and fitness and nutrition workshops.  They are unique in that know one else offers such services anywhere in the South East.

If you would like to find out more about the YouCan respite house please go to their website www.you-can.org.uk.