West Yorkshire air conditioning firm Knight Engineers has pledged its support to some of the region’s neediest families by becoming a patron of The Principle Trust Children’s Charity.

The Trust provides respite breaks to children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.

Established in 2007, Knight Engineers provides air-conditioning and refrigeration servicing, installation, and maintenance to commercial and industrial clients throughout the North of England.

The firm, which is based in Keighley and has a history of fundraising for good causes, pledged its support after hearing about the Trust’s current campaign to raise £12,000 to refurbish two of the charity’s accessible holiday lodges on the Banks of Lake Windermere.

Launched in 2011, The Principle Trust Children’s Charity was established by Ilkley businessman Mike Davies, MBE. Since then the Trust has raised over £1m, developed a portfolio of holiday homes and provided respite breaks for almost 5,000 children across the Yorkshire region.

In 2023 the charity launched ‘Food for Families’, a £23,000 per annum initiative to help tackle food poverty by providing an entire week’s supply of food and daily essentials to families taking a respite break provided by The Trust.

Mike said: "We are delighted that Knight Engineers has joined The Principle Trust as a patron; they are an established local firm with a strong reputation; this new partnership is a welcome boost to our refurbishment campaign and further solidifies our long-term plans to expand services across the Yorkshire region."

Simon Wilson, managing director of Knight Engineers commented, " After hearing about the fantastic work they do, we’re excited to be joining The Principle Trust as patrons and are proud to support their work helping disadvantaged families to escape their everyday troubles and create valuable, happy memories.”

“In addition to our regular commitment to the Trust, we are planning an extreme fundraising challenge for the charity and look forward to announcing details in the New Year”, he added.