Hundreds of the UK's leading specialist contractors, suppliers and influential companies from across the construction industry have combined to raise £30,000 for construction workers in need.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity was chosen as a partner for the 2017 Construction News Specialist Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the only national awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of the UK’s specialist contractors.
The awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis who entertained the audience of almost 800 guests with his repartee and joined category winners for celebratory photographs. Bids from a silent auction raised £20,000 and table collections raised an additional £10,000. The celebrations went on until the early hours with guests trying their luck at the casino tables, donated by the charity.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides a 24 x 7 helpline for all construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland. The helpline provides emergency financial aid to families in crisis, advice on occupational health and mental wellbeing and support on legal, tax and debt management matters.
Every year there are around 40 fatalities on UK construction sites and more than 2,000 major injuries that leave workers incapacitated.
There were more suicides in construction than in any other profession in the first half of this decade and almost half of reported occupational cancer cases relate to workers in this industry.
Since 1956, Lighthouse has raised £16.5m to support more than 15,000 construction workers and their families who have been in need of emergency financial assistance.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “We were absolutely delighted when we were selected as the Specialist Awards’ charity partner and the money raised so generously on the night surpassed all our expectations. We receive no public funding, so rely on support from within the construction community to enable us to provide a life line to those in need in our industry. This money will go a long way to making a difference to the lives of our construction workers and their families and will ensure that we can continue to provide our 24 x 7 helpline which is the first point of contact for anyone that needs our support, whether that be financial help or support with occupational health and mental wellbeing. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who make this very special night possible.”
Tom Fitzpatrick, Construction News acting editor, added: “We were proud to have the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity as our partner for these awards. The charity does amazing work to support those in need in the construction industry. For the finalists and our guests to raise £30,000 on the night shows the generosity and sense of community that exists among the UK’s specialist contractors, who prioritise looking after their own, even on a night when they’re competing for national awards. Thank you to everyone who made the night such a success.”