Ferrovial, through its subsidiaries in UK, the leading engineering firm Ferrovial Agroman and major public services provider Amey, has secured £300,000 of funding for three charities at the front-line of the fight against COVID-19 and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is one of those. .
The funds have been provided through the “Ferrovial Juntos COVID-19 fund”, which is assisting organisations and governments to combat the coronavirus pandemic around the world.
Charities receiving contributions from the fund include Amey’s partner charities the Trussell Trust and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, which provides aid to ex-servicemen and women.
In addition, 20 lifesaving ventilators worth a total of £60,000 have been donated to the NHS.
Ferrovial Agroman and Amey have both been working hard to provide vital services during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes Ferrovial Agroman’s management of critical infrastructure projects. Amey, which itself employs over 10,000 key workers, has been responsible for the maintenance of important services such as refuse collection for 20 local authorities and managing the homes of some 50,000 service personnel on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
Karl Goose, Managing Director, Ferrovial Agroman UK & Ireland commented;
“Considering the sector that we work in, it makes sense to partner with The Lighthouse Club by contributing to their dedicated Construction Workers’ Crisis Fund. Nevertheless, that is not the reason why we have selected the Lighthouse Club. We have done so because they deliver such a committed and vital service for the construction community and their families, and because the funds will immediately be available to really help those who need it most. As time progresses, we are understanding more fully the actual impact the pandemic is having on the people that keep this industry going and it is tragic. The Lighthouse Club is a beacon for many and I am immensely proud to be able to support their efforts.”
Amanda Fisher, Chief Executive, Amey, also commented:
“These charities have been working to help those most in need throughout this challenging time. I have been moved by stories of great kindness and generosity during this pandemic and so it feels right that we play our part in helping ensure vital funding reaches organisations who need it.”
Bill Hill, our CEO added;
“We are hugely grateful for this fantastic donation. It will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue to provide the support that is so desperately needed to our construction families in crisis at this very difficult time. I am truly humbled by the way that our construction community has pulled together to respond to our crisis appeal, so thank you to the Ferrovial team for responding to our cry for help.
Our mission is that no worker or their family should feel alone in a crisis and this donation will go a long way in ensuring that we achieve that.”
The “Ferrovial Juntos COVID-19” was launched in April with an initial €5 million (£4.3 million), funded by Ferrovial, plus €1,25 million contributed by employees, shareholders, partners and other stakeholders, that the company has doubled reaching €8,75 million endowment and has since allocated €3.5 million (£3 million) to charities and projects around the world including in Spain, the US and the UK.