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In 2002 David and Katie Lester started Elite Blinds and Shutters and after 20 years, the team has grown but the values still remain to deliver professionalism, reliability and great value for money.

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we decided to set ourselves some fun, challenging events to raise money for Take Off – Mental Health charity.

Read on to find out what we will be up to over 2022 and how you can get involved.

River Clean

As part of our latest efforts to give back to the local area, our team took to the River Stour to clean a section going from Millers Field all the way down to Westgate Towers.


Beach Clean

The Elite team took to the Tankerton slopes and pebble beach to clear it of unsightly debris saving the local wildlife of it, the seas from being strewn with rubbish and improving the environment for everyone who loves to enjoy the beautiful seaside.

David, Katie, Mel, Andy, Shanice and Rosie all took part in collecting over 6 bags of litter!

The Walking Challenge

The Elite team are setting themselves a friendly competition to each walk at least 1769km throughout the year. 1769 is the year the first blind was patented in the UK.

Katie is currently in the lead but who will be beating her to the biggest individual target?

Keep an eye on our socials for updates:

The Walking Challenge
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Total
David 134.54km 136km 132.1km 131.73km 173.89km 171.98km 164.73km 138.75km 116km 1299.72km
Katie 150km 150km 144km 130km 200km 252km 375km 328km 222km 1951km
Shanice 264km 112km 109km 138.59km 115.4km 120.84km 112.39km 145.82km 102.72km 1220.76km
Mel 22km 42.8km 63km 112km 115km 70km 122km 137km 174km 857.8km
Andy 97km 97km 125km 145km 152.1km 292km 146km 154.2km 152.04km 1360.34km

Tree Planting

We will be planting 20 trees, 1 for each year of business throughout Canterbury and the surrounding Kent countryside. The first tree is to be planted in Littlebourne Recreation Ground for the Queens Jubilee commemorative in October! We’ll release information about the next tree to be planted very soon!

Why Take Off?

Take Off works for better physical and mental health. They are aware of the link between mental health problems and economic hardship, which also brings loneliness and lack of occupation and purpose. They are 100% user led, believing that people who’ve themselves come through the problems are best placed to help those currently afflicted.

They run entirely on the peer support model and most of their services take the form of self-help groups, which are either “talking” or “doing” focused.

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How are we celebrating our 20th anniversary?

As a family-owned, Kent-based company, we are celebrating 20 years in business by fundraising for local charity Take off.  David founded the company in 2002, supplying and installing made-to-measure blinds in Canterbury and surrounding areas. A few years later, Katie...

Elite Blinds beach clean

The Elite team took to the Tankerton slopes and pebble beach to clear it of unsightly debris and litter, helping to save the local wildlife and improve our environment for everyone who loves to enjoy the beautiful seaside. The beach clean is part of our 20th...