Press release

IET Venues builds spirit with LEGO® initiative

30 January 2018

Throughout December 2017 IET Venues’, three UK sites in London, Birmingham and Glasgow came together with prospective clients to donate boxes of LEGO® toys to several UK children’s charities, exclusively gifted for every site visit hosted during the month.  

The three-week charitable drive saw IET Venues donate a total of 86 sets of LEGO® to children’s causes, including 68 given to Star Chase Children’s Hospice; 10 to Starlight Children’s Foundation; and 8 to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Royal Hospital for Children. The 86 site visits raised £860, with contributions raised from tours of IET London: Savoy Place, IET Birmingham: Austin Court and the IET Glasgow: Teacher Building.  

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has a longstanding partnership with LEGO® and is proud to be the UK and Ireland delivery  partner for its STEM competition FIRST® LEGO® League. It was therefore the natural choice for IET Venues to choose LEGO® as a donation to their charities of choice and encourage STEM activity whilst bringing joy to children in the festive period. 

Sean Spencer, head of venues and facilities at IET Venues commented: “For each site visit booked in December we donated £10 towards the purchase of a selection of LEGO® toys to be gifted to our chosen children’s charities. The IET is passionate about connecting young people through their love of STEM and inspiring them about the exciting possibilities engineering and technology can offer. LEGO® is the perfect gift to encourage youngsters to learn through play.

“December can be a difficult time of year for families with loved ones in hospital, so we hope the LEGO® gifts went a small way to brightening up their Christmas and made the young children’s time in hospital a bit more bearable.   We are very lucky that our clients and visitors really got into the spirit and helped us donate lots of toys.”

For more information, contact alex@triggerfish.co.uk / aaron@triggerfish.co.uk or call 020 7233 9700.

Notes to editors:

About FIRST® LEGO® League

FIRST® LEGO® League is a global robotics-based life skills competition that sees students work in teams to design, programme and build an autonomous robot whilst also completing a research project. The competition demonstrates the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values, which include teamwork, problem solving and presentation skills, all of which can be transferred into the work place. FIRST® LEGO® League makes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects fun and gives students the confidence to consider studying them in the future.