The International Housewares Association (IHA) is the latest organisation to support industry charity the Rainy Day Trust.
The centre of the US-based IHA’s activities is sponsorship of the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago – this year’s event has just taken place with 2,100 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees from over 120 countries.
IHA vice president global marketing Derek Miller said: “We are delighted to do our bit for those in our industry who – for whatever reason – have fallen on hard times. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with this most worthwhile organisation.”
RDT began life as the Iron, Hardware and Metal Trades Pension Society in 1843 and changed its name to the Rainy Day Trust in 2004 to reflect its role as the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and home enhancement industry. It merged with the Pottery and Glass Trades’ Benevolent Fund in 2012 and in the last 10 years has given away more than £1.4m to beneficiaries of all ages.
To qualify for financial assistance from the Rainy Day Trust, applicants must have worked in the relevant industry sectors (including housewares and hardware) for a minimum of five years during their careers. This can be in any capacity, from retail to distribution to manufacture.