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Nepal Earthquake – One Year On

Just over a year ago the Nepalese people suffered immensely when the Nepal Earthquake hit the country killing 8000 people and making 3.5 million homeless. In every measure this was a huge tragedy that affected all walks of life. Last month the Kent Messenger wrote an article on the continued supported that Nepal has received from the people of Kent, specifically those in Folkestone. We are proud to say we have helped in a small way. We provided storage for emergency supplies at our store before they were shipped out to Nepal.

Immediately after the earthquake the Rotary Club of Folkestone began fundraising and gathering donations to help the Nepal Earthquake victims. We were able to donate storage space to allow the Rotary Club to gather the essential supplies before they were transported to Khathmandu Airport and beyond to the disaster zones. Others from Kent and Shepway have donated clothing and goods, the Rotary Club has raised more than £15 000 so far. A big thank you to all who have helped and donated their time, money or goods.

Whilst the initial emergency has passed the people of Nepal still have a great need for help and the Rotary Club continues to conduct fundraisers. Essential supplies such as food, shelter and medical supplies are still required as floods and landslides continue to displace people from their homes.

Nepal EarthquakeIt is easy to donate. Send a cash or a cheque made payable to ‘Help for Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Appeal’ to Independent Church Services, Church House, 136 Sandgate Road, Folkestone. Alternatively, an electronic bank transfer can be made directly to the Rotary Club of Folkestone using the reference ‘Nepal’. Their back details are Lloyds TSB, Folkestone Rotary Club, Sort Code 30-93-34 and Account Number 00575212.

Thank you to all have donated, your support has and will continue to make a big difference to the people of Nepal. They have lost lives, families and homes and need all the help we can provide.

Read more about the Nepalese disaster from the Kent Messenger here –http://www.kentonline.co.uk/search/?q=nepal

 

House Removal Reviews February 2016

We are really pleased to say we have had some fantastic house removal reviews from our customers from Kent in February 2016. A big thank you to all the customers who took the time to give us this feedback. We really appreciate the feedback and overall 99% of our customers would recommend our house removal and piano moving services to their family and friends.

It is always great to receive positive comments but we want to hear all comments, good or bad. This is why all of our reviews are collated and verified by an independent company, Reference Line. This allows us to continuously challenge ourselves to improve our removals service. You can read all of our house removal reviews by following the link in the footer or clicking here – House Removal Reviews.

House Removal Reviews February 2016

Here are the reviews we received in February 2016:

Colin Batt Removals_Review_Maidstone_KENT_20160216Maidstone House Removal

Great service from the office staff and the team of guys who worked really hard on the day.

 

 

 

 

House Removal Reviews TenterdenTenterden House Removal

Excellent service from Colin Batts

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Removal Reviews MaidstoneMaidstone House Removal

The team were very courteous, helpful and flexible. they were very professional with removal of all items from the house. The move ‘in’ went equally well and flexibility and meeting our requirements was a key point of the success.

 

 

 

House Removal Reviews GillinghamGillingham House Removal

The team were terrific.

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Removal Reviews MaidstoneMaidstone House Removal

Very helpful. Dismantled big furniture pieces and reassembled where needed. Guys were courteous and listened to my needs and wants. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Using the House Removal Reviews

Choosing a house mover is a tough job. Independent reviews help you to gain a true picture of a company’s performance. Always ask for references or search online for any removals ratings or reviews. Any reputable removal company, such as members of the British Association of Removers, will have a customer feedback procedure in place and will be able to show you their customers’  comments. Use these to help down-select the removal companies you like and then get a minimum of 3 quotes from different companies for your move.

 

We’re in the Press – Removals Firm’s Great Reputation

Happy New Year from all of us at Colin Batt Removals Firm and we hope you had a great Christmas. While you were enjoying some well earned time off you may have sat down with the Kentish Express on Christmas Eve and seen a great article on us. We’re very excited that the Kentish Express journalists wanted to write a piece on us and found our removals firm story interesting.

Removals Firm Reputation Article Kentish ExpressWe’re really proud of our history and our reputation. We have worked hard to grow and nurture this from the very first day that Colin Batt started the Company back in 1978. We have grown a lot since those early days but the Removals Firm is still family owned by Simon Batt and now covers house removals, piano moves, storage and document archive. In fact, we have a new and expanded store on Maidstone Road in Ashford, Kent.

If you missed the article or didn’t get a copy of the Kentish Express here is a copy of the great editorial.

The Removals Firm that knows Reputation is Key

By Aiden Barlow abarlow@thekmgroup.co.uk @aidanbarlowKM

An RAF Typhoon fighter pilot turned businessman says business is booming after his removals firm completed the purchase of new premises.

Simon Batt, 39, took over Colin Batt Removals from his father just over three years ago alongside childhood friend Andrew Urquhart.

As a Royal Air Force pilot and father of one he is keeping alive the family business that his father started in Challock in 1978.

The company originally prided itself on being one of the best at moving musical instruments such as pianos and has even carried out work for the Royal Household and moved Beethoven’s piano across Europe.

But now Mr Batt says things are really moving after he took over the Move-It Storage Warehouse in Maidstone Road off the A20.

He said: “We have pretty much doubled our workforce and completed our move to the new location. So we’re really pleased with the progress, especially given the growth of the business even when the economy has been fairly stagnant.

“My father started the business, but my passion while I was growing up was always for flying. I met Andrew in the RAF Air Cadets as youngsters and we’ve been friends ever since.

“We thought it would be a good idea to work together here with him managing the business day to day while I finish my career in the RAF.

“We’re very lucky that my father built such a great company with a great reputation. He started it as a piano-moving business on his own with a van.

“It included for the Spencer family and later for Royals including Prince Charles.”

He said the business grew such a big reputation that musical performers like Duran Duran and Elton John also used the company’s services.

But the greatest honour was perhaps moving Beethoven’s famous piano from a museum in Hungary to tour Europe.

Mr Batt said: “It is insured for about £7 million, but it is 175 years old so it is really priceless.

“Moving it was a fantastic accolade for the business and we’re all really proud of it.”

His friend Andrew had left the Air Training Corps to pursue a golfing career.

He said: “I came on board to help push the company forward, so when we took over the Move-It site it presented a big opportunity and we had to grab it with both hands.”

Kentish Express - Removals Article

Charity Walk for Pilgrims Hospice

Congratulations to our Removals Office Manager, Emily Martin. She has recently completed a moonlight charity walk around the city of Canterbury, Kent to raise money for the Pilgrims Hospice. Emily completed the 3km charity walk in under 40 minutes and helped raise £16,000 so far for the Pilgrims Hospice.

Charity WalkNight Charity Walk

Emily started the charity walk with over 800 people dressed in bright fluorescent colours and some even had fairy lights on. Moving from Dane John Gardens the route passed Fenwicks, took in Canterbury Cathedral, Kings School and the Marlowe Theatre, loitered at the Canterbury Tales before finishing where it all began.

Pilgrims Hospice

The Pilgrims Hospices provide end of life care across Kent at sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. This vital care is provided free of charge to some of the neediest and vulnerable in our society. Over 2300 people are referred to the Hospice every year to help them and their families deal with their life-limiting illnesses.

Charity Walk Canterbury KentIt costs £20 an hour to provide care for one person and we are elated that the moonlight walk has contributed to approximately 800 hours of nursing care. Overall the Pilgrims Hospices needs to raise in excess of £12 million a year to continue providing services across east Kent. Over 80p in every £1 raised is spent on patient care, which for the those facing incurable illness is priceless support.

Donate

You can help by donating or raising money through many ways. Pilgrims Hospices organises its own series of fundraising events throughout the year and these include sponsored cycle rides, night time themed walks, cake baking, bonded places in marathons and events for young people. These are all described on the Pilgrims Hospice website. Alternatively, you can donate any unwanted furniture, books or clothes to one of the Pilgrims’ 34 shops that are located across east Kent.

Charity Walk - Canterbury KentWith everyone’s help, the priceless services that Pilgrims Hospice deliver for the people of Kent can continue and remain free to patients. Well done to Emily for supporting this truly worthy cause and for completing the moonlight walk. We wish the Pilgrims Hospice well and thank them for supporting our local community. To learn more about supporting or donating to Pilgrims Hospice check out their website – http://www.pilgrimshospices.org.