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Blood Cancer UK, Walking with Giants Foundation, Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) and The Florrie charity have all benefited from a share of over £2,500 raised by the Ground Source Heat Pump Associations (GSHPA) members at their Conference and Charity Dinner held at the Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Gargrave, North Yorkshire last month.

The one-day annual event incorporates networking opportunities and a host of speakers who present and discuss various ‘hot topics’ within the ground source and renewable energy sector.

This year’s guests included the renowned Dr Jan Rosenow Principal and European Programme Director for RAP,  Dr Alan Whitehead Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Net Zero, as well as Dr Matthew Aylott Senior Policy Adviser, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to name but a few. The Conference also received video messages of support from Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Parliament and Ed Sherriff – Deputy Director of Energy (Welsh Government), these were played to delegates during the conference.

TV personality Ricky Tomlinson (of Royle Family fame) hosted the evenings Charity Dinner that featured a live auction with TV auctioneer Steve Parkinson, live music from Viva Lucia, drinks reception and sumptuous gala dinner.

GSHPA Operations Manager and organiser Stephen Bielby said, “We are once again overwhelmed by the generosity of our members especially during these tough times, it’s great to see that we can make a positive difference to the lives of other people with our conference and charity dinner”.

 By popular demand the event, (that is also open to non-members) has already been arranged for 2023 and will take place on Friday 29th September at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Hull.

For more information about next year’s event, sponsorship opportunities, membership of the Association or about ground source heat pumps, please visit or e-mail

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