Award-winning merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is delighted to have raised more than £15,000 in the last year for its charity partner Caudwell Children, helping to provide autism therapy and specialist sensory equipment for disabled youngsters.

Howarth’s fundraising efforts during 2013 included in-store collections, a Three Peaks Challenge staff fundraiser, charity golf days, dress down days and sponsored walks and runs, which raised an overall figure of £15,159.33.

The merchant aims to replicate its fundraising efforts this year and has a host of events lined up to top 2013’s total. A Three Peaks Challenge is planned in for May, while an eight-hour Scafell Pike trek will take place in September.

Raffles will be held to raise funds, while the charity and Howarth have partnered up to sell a branded handsaw in-store in Caudwell’s famous purple. Money from sales of the tool will be donated to the charity.

Meanwhile, Howarth branches are being encouraged to carry out in-store fundraisers for the charity, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of disabled children and their families across the UK. Howarth began its three-year partnership with the Stoke-on-Trent-based charity at the start of 2013.

Money raised in the first year alone has helped three children to receive one year of autism therapy, two children to receive therapy tricycles, two children to receive one year of conductive education and three children to receive sensory equipment.

Nicholas Howarth, managing director of Howarth Timber, said: “Howarth Timber takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously and we are delighted that our relationship with Caudwell Children has been such a success over the past 12 months. We are looking forward to developing this relationship throughout 2014 and supporting them through a string of initiatives as they continue to provide invaluable support for disabled children and their families.”