The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London; this year celebrating its 350th birthday. The Scar Free Foundation’s association with the Company stems from Scar Free founder and plastic surgeon, Michael Brough, who was a liveryman and was in line to become the Company's Master when he died prematurely in 2004.
Commemorating Michael Brough’s contribution, the Company kindly awarded their first Annual Special Award, in 2006, to the Foundation to support research into the psychological effects of altered appearance. This contribution supported the publication of the clinical textbook ‘CBT for Appearance Anxiety: Psychosocial Interventions for Anxiety Due to Visible Difference’, now widely used as a core resource in the NHS and clinical settings.
For their 350th Anniversary Appeal, the Company supported the Foundation’s ‘SafeTea’ hot scald prevention programme with a substantial donation generously raised from the membership. This resulted in a multimedia national campaign, based on research with participants from inner city London, that aimed to reduce and prevent burn injuries in children by raising awareness of the dangers of hot drinks. The campaign enjoyed enormous success and received coverage from several national news outlets.
Of the Company’s relationship with The Scar Free Foundation, Lindsay Millington (Upper Warden and Master-elect) said, ‘The Scar Free Foundation’s work is unique and offers real hope of new life-changing interventions. The Company and its liverymen are proud to have been associated with the charity, from its earliest days. We are delighted to have played our part, over the years, in supporting Scar Free research and especially, in our anniversary year, the important SafeTea campaign’
Brendan Eley, Chief Executive of the Foundation, added ‘The work we support would not be possible without the generosity of our donors and few epitomize the selflessness and kindness that fuels our work more than the Tin Plate Workers. Ours has been such a rewarding and productive relationship. We are indebted and enormously grateful’.
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