For in addition to booking the stand that he was going to take at the 2004 event anyway, it also offered him the opportunity and satisfaction of raising a huge sum for children's charity Hope House.
Crewdson, who heads up specialist fabricator and profile bender Radius Plastics based near St. Helens, Lancashire, went to the charity dinner organized by old rival and friend Gary Morton intending to have a bit of fun and relaxation whilst renewing a few acquaintances. "The last thing I had in mind was booking an exhibition stand." Crewdson said afterwards, "Gary's charity dinner is now the industry social event after the old Awards dinner finished at the Grosvenor House, so it was strictly going to be fun after a hectic few months of working long hours. But when I heard that one of the lots donated to raise money for charity was the Glassex exhibition stand donated by the organizers, 'I thought 'I am going to have that!'"
Crewdson had always intended to exhibit Radius Plastics - which supplies fabricators with curved and other complex shaped window, door and conservatory frames at Glassex 2004, and when he visited Glassex in March the intention was to book a stand there and then. But Crewdson ran out of time, intending to contact the organizers later. "It was just as well" Crewdson said, "As now I have exactly the stand that we need for Radius, and a large sum of money goes to a superb cause. Next year's Glassex has already been a success for us!"