13 May 2019

Two Bristol charities in chase for £5,000

Two Bristol-based housing organisations have called on the city’s residents to back them in their attempts to win top prize in a nationwide competition – and with it £5,000.

Community Self Build Agency and Ashley Vale Action Group will go before a public vote in the Selco Stars competition, which attracted hundreds of entries.

Leading builders merchants Selco Builders Warehouse – which has branches in Bristol and Filton - has organised the competition, designed to support charities and community groups.

Over each of the last six months, judges have selected two causes to receive £500 worth of building materials and now the shortlisted groups will be aiming to top a vote and land a cash windfall. 


To vote for Community Self Build Agency or Ashley Vale Action Group , visit: www.selcobw.com/selcostars


Community Self Build Agency helps armed forces’ veterans build new homes.

Ken Hames, chief operating officer, said: “The veterans build their own homes, learn new skills and - most importantly - rebuild their lives after their time in the armed forces.

“The veterans are usually homeless or sofa surfing and, during the build process, grow in confidence and move on with their new lives in their new homes.”

Ashley Vale Action Group, meanwhile, aims to create a community of affordable homes for people from different sections of society.

Barbara Harvey, who applied for the competition on behalf of the not-for-profit organisation, said: “As a group we recently bought a farm in Bristol after contributions from a number of our friends.

“Now we’re building on Bridge Farm to help people to purchase or rent affordable homes and create a real inclusive community.”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, added: “We were inundated with applicants from a host of good causes with outstanding credentials so Community Self Build Agency and Ashley Vale Action Group have done extremely well to be shortlisted.

“They both do excellent work in the community and hopefully the whole of Bristol will get behind them in their quest to win an amount of money which would make a huge difference to the work they do.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days and for a minimum of 80 hours per week, Selco’s 66 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services and a café in branch, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click ‘N’ Deliver, a 30 minute Click & Collect service and a free Project List app which allows tradespeople to plan, manage and quote for all jobs – as well as complete purchases - through their smartphone. For more information on Selco visit www.selcobw.com

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