A QUARTER OF A MILLION Pounds was raised at the annual Lighthouse Construction Industry’s Charity lunch to help support construction families in crisis.
The lunch, which took place at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London raised the funds through table sales, live and silent auctions, heads and tails, a raffle and event sponsorship.
The support which will be provided by Lighthouse, the construction industry charity, includes mental health training, development of their helpline app and an increased portfolio of charitable services available through their 24/7 construction industry helpline.
Sky Sports presenters Vicky Gomersall and Julian Warren hosted the proceedings for the day, with guests including Frank Bruno and British and Irish Lions Brian O’Driscoll, Matt Dawson, Phil Bennett and Willie John McBride.
Each year, the charity awards the ‘Peter Capel’ Cup to recognise organisations that have made a substantial contribution to the Charity’s work and this year the award was presented to two companies: Canary Wharf Contractors Fund and Heathrow Airport.
Money donated by the Canary Wharf Contractors Fund was used to deliver construction focussed mental health first aid training to SME’s across the UK while Heathrow Airport and their supply chain, (Team Heathrow) donated funds from their hard hat recycling scheme, a dragon boat day and a successful rugby day.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “This has been a great day. We just can’t believe how hugely generous everyone has been because every year, our expectations are surpassed.
“This means that we can reach out to more construction families in crisis and continue to provide even more support at the ‘front end’ so that we can achieve our mission of ensuring that no worker should feel alone in a crisis.
“Thank you too, to all the volunteers who work so hard behind the scenes to make sure that this day goes well and of course to our event sponsors and supporters.
“The money raised will go towards continuing our vital helpline services and developing our Building Mental Health programme so that we can continue to support our construction families in need and make a real difference to people who have nowhere else to turn.”