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Acrospire donate solar-powered luminaires to Bishops Castle Council to honour a young life lost

We’re proud to have recently donated three state-of-the-art solar-powered lanterns to Bishops Castle Town Council, a parish of Shropshire Council, in memory of Dylan Price, a young boy who was tragically lost in a hit-and-run road traffic collision on September 19th, 2021. It’s been two years since the young county rugby player was killed as he made his way home following a party. This heartfelt donation marks the beginning of a meaningful project in collaboration with the Price family and the Town Council. 

Gwilym Rippon, Town Clerk of Bishops Castle Council, was moved by Acrospire’s and electrical contractor Highline Electrical’s generosity and initiated the project in response to the tragic loss of Dylan Price. “We are immensely grateful to Acrospire for their support in this project. The solar lanterns will not only enhance safety but also stand as a lasting tribute to Dylan.” 

The Acrospire Defender, a best-selling solar lantern renowned for its impressive lumen output of up to 10,285 lumens and a remarkable 5-night autonomy, is at the heart of this initiative. Designed specifically for the UK market, the Defender’s large capacity battery with advanced cell technology and large footprint solar panel make it the ideal choice for housing developers and footpath applications. 

The luminaires have been installed on a section of road called the Mile Straight near the new business park. The previously unlit section of road was where Dylan lost his life in a devastating hit-and-run a day before his 18th birthday. 

Andy Vaughan of Highline Electrical Ltd, a local contractor who has previously collaborated with Acrospire on solar lighting projects in Shropshire, commended the quality and reliability of the Defender lantern. “Acrospire’s commitment to excellence is evident in the Defender lantern, and it’s a privilege to be a part of this project.” 

Tim Barker, Managing Director of Acrospire, expressed the company’s pride in contributing to this meaningful endeavour. “We believe in the power of sustainable lighting solutions to create positive change in communities. It is our honour to be part of this project, and we hope that the Defender lanterns bring a sense of safety and remembrance to Bishops Castle.” 

The Mayor of Bishops Castle, speaking on behalf of the community, conveyed their heartfelt appreciation for Acrospire’s benevolence. “These solar-powered lanterns not only brighten our streets, they serve as a symbol of unity in our community and a reminder of the young life we tragically lost.” 

Each lamppost in this project will feature a dedication plaque in memory of Dylan Price, ensuring that his legacy lives on and serves as a reminder in the Bishops Castle community. 

We’re delighted to have played a small part in this meaningful initiative, which offers an example of the positive impact off-grid solar-powered lighting can have in communities, and remain committed to creating safer, and more sustainable spaces for all.