Telford Vape Show was hosted by Kevin Hill on 19th August 2017 and sponsored by lovevaping.com.
The show was a great success and raised £1,425 on the Just Giving page alone.
Kevin Hill, more commonly known as The Telford Vaper is a husband, father and vaping enthusiast. Kevin works for Sole Mates, a company who provide liquid orthotic insoles at various industry exhibitions across the UK. It was at a trade show in Worcester where Kevin first interacted with electronic cigarettes. Little did he know that this would become a full time passion! To begin his journey into vaping, Kevin was using an eGo style device but did not feel it was quite cutting it in regards to replacing cigarettes. Therefore, he decided that he would stop smoking and move onto a more expensive and advanced mod. 18 months later, Kevin is now a proud owner of a Reuleaux rx200, Asmodus Triad amongst many other advanced devices.
Many of you reading will have or expect to experience the joyous occasion of holding your newborn child. 22nd July 1997 is when Kevin experienced this for the first time. Whilst looking into the eyes of Joshua James on this date he felt nothing but warmth and love.
When Josh was merely two years old, Kevin was told that he was not developing like others his age. However, everything that Josh lacked in development was compensated for by the most beautiful and innocent smile his parents had ever seen. A further two years passed and after more tests, Josh was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Angelman Syndrome. As Josh’s condition deteriorated further over the coming years, on 3rd October 2011, the joy Kevin had experienced 14 years prior to this date was replaced with heart break and sorrow. Josh had closed his eyes for the last time. No father should ever have to outlive his child. Kevin did. A day does not go by without reliving the heartache and so Kevin has decided to raise money for four charities that are close to his heart and he truly believes will help others with the pain he experienced.
Being passionate about vaping and having a large following on social media, Kevin has decided to host a vape show for charity; The Telford Vape Show.
One night Kevin was finding it difficult to sleep and the idea to raise money for the charities via a vape show was conceptualized. Having presented the idea to a few vendors to gage if this was a feasible plan or not, Kevin was shocked to see the support he had from the vaping community in general. Thus, Telford Vape Show was born. Lovevaping.com, quickly provided their full backing via offering to sponsor the whole event and others offered to exhibit soon after including Doozy Vape Co and Minnon Vapes. Within a few weeks, 19 companies had decided to exhibit with many others showing their support via raffle prizes and other means of support. So much support in such little time provided Kevin with hope that this could be an annual event.
The Telford Vape Show will be the first edition of what Kevin hopes to be an annual event for charity. Kevin hopes that the year on year the Telford Vape Show will double in size in terms of exhibitors and number of visitors. His desire is for the smaller vendors, be it eLiquid manufacturers or e-cigarette retailers, to be given an opportunity to represent themselves.
The Telford Vape Show will be held at Cordingley Hall (also known as Caseys) on 19th August from 12-4pm. There will be an entry fee of £2 with all proceeds going to the four charities mentioned below. The Cordingley Hall was selected as the choice of venue as first and foremost it is based in Telford (home of the Telford Vaper) and it is a venue used for conferences and entertainment, making it the perfect venue for the first Telford Vape Show.
Daddys with angels
Daddys with angels is a charity that is designed to provide advice and support to male family members who have lost children. Despite being based in Northampton, Daddy’s with angels has social media pages, groups etc that enable the support to extend all over the world. Each UK County has its own Facebook group for fathers and other adult family members making it easier to connect with others experiencing similar situations, in person.
Kevin holds Daddys with angels close to his heart due to the tremendous comfort and support received after the passing of his first born, Josh. Kevin felt the pressure of being the support for other family members to be overwhelming. He felt that social norms resulted in the need for him to remain strong for the others and this did not allow him to grieve fully. This is where Daddys with angels entered and provided Kevin with support and someone to speak to regarding the heart-breaking event of losing his son. Without Daddys with angels, Kevin has stated that it would have been extremely difficult to see a positive future.
Great Ormond Street Hospital
The Great Ormond Street Hospital charity has been designed to keep improving the Hospital for the high number of visitors every day. The mission for the hospital is to enhance the Hospital’s ability to transform the health and wellbeing of children and young children, giving them the chance to fulfill their potential. Donations received by the Hospital are used in a range of ways including providing funds to help modernize and redevelop the hospital, funding children, family and staff support projects, provide funding for research and investment in new equipment.
Kevin has immense respect and gratitude for everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Josh had regular visits here and it was clear the amount of care and attention he received in a clean environment. The treatment provided by this Hospital was outstanding with efficient treatment and Josh did not feel like he was visiting a hospital for treatment. It is difficult to imagine the great work that Great Ormond Street Hospital carries out for children, and if Kevin did not have to take Josh for his appointments, he would never have understood how much they do for the young patients.
Brains Trust has a prime objective to maximize the ability of each and every individual use their brain to its maximum potential. Brains Trust also carries out or assists in research into and support for initiatives connected with mental performance and also many other areas of research, aimed to reduce the negative side effects of brain related conditions. All members of the Brains Trust offer their services as volunteers and so donations travel a long way. Brain Trust also supports and assists many other charities.
Chris, a close friend of Kevin, has unfortunately been diagnosed with a brain tumor and having seen the impact it has had on his life, Kevin felt it was only right to support Brains Trust. Chris suffers from extreme headaches, seizures, nausea and tiredness and having witnessed this first hand, Kevin wishes to do all he can to help Chris and others in the same situation.
Libby Mae’s Little Angels
Libby Mae’s Little Angels is a small charity formed in 2013 and they work to saves babies lives across the Midlands by raising funds to support all 18 neonatal units in the region. The equipment funds are raised for include ventilators to aid breathing, incubators to keep babies warm and much more equipment. Libby Mae’s recently has donated largely towards the purchase of a transport incubator, which transports more than 1000 babies in the West Midlands annually.
Kevin has decided to support Libby Mae’s Little Angels because he understands the pain of losing a child and Libby Mae’s help to save countless babies lives. The parents of Libby Mae Sharratt went through the same traumatizing experience of losing a child too young. Following Libby Mae’s birth she was transferred directly to the Neo-Natal Unit, where she was placed in intensive care. However, shortly after it was determined that her left lung had not developed and the parents were informed that there was nothing that could be done to save her.
Kevin has set himself a target to raise £500 per charity, resulting in a total of £2000. Whilst £500 for each charity may not seem like a huge amount, Kevin is adamant this figure will make a large difference in the four chosen charities. It is possible to donate at the event or those unable to attend could donate on the Just Giving Page. The Main Sponsors, Love Vaping have pledged to donate an extra £1 for every donation received.