Construction charity hails ‘staggering’ response to appeal

Bill Hill

THE Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has revealed more than £320,000 has been raised so far for its Construction Workers Family Crisis Appeal, which was launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund was launched just over five weeks ago and has an ultimate target of raising £1 million.

Donations have been received from across the country both from individuals and organisations who have stepped up to support the charity that provides physical, financial and mental wellbeing to construction workers and their families.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “We are absolutely astounded by the magnificent response we’ve received so far. We’ve received huge support from the House Builders Federation (HBF) and also from five tier one construction companies; the most recent of which is from Ferrovial Agroman who have made a significant contribution to our appeal.”

Calls to the charity’s Construction Industry Helpline are up by over 55% compared to this time last year. With the charity’s events calendar decimated, a huge proportion of income has disappeared at a time when the industry needs support the most.

Bill added, “Calls to our 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline have been desperately sad and we need to do our utmost to ensure our construction community knows we are here for them. It is our mission and moral obligation to ensure that no worker feels alone in a crisis. Sometimes words just aren’t enough but we’d like to say a huge thank you again from the bottom of our hearts to those that have contributed to our crisis appeal and helped us to make a real difference to our construction families in crisis.”