Donations made by the NASC to two deserving charities at its 2018 Ball & Awards evening have been tripled – thanks largely to the generosity of members.
NASC President and TRAD Group CEO Des Moore presented the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Demelza Hospice Care for Children with cheques for £10,000 each as part of the black tie event held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, last month.
He then urged members to help raise a further £5,000 for each charity through a five-lot charity auction.
This fundraising goal was surpassed several times over during the course of dinner, with guests digging deep with their bids, helping to push the total raised well past each lot’s reserve prices. These efforts were supported by a number of members’ substantial standalone donations, who approached either Des Moore or the Ball toastmaster to submit financial pledges.
Combined with the original £10,000 sum – and boosted by a £2,300 donation by CISRS – the NASC was delighted to reach a total fundraising figure of £60,000, which was split equally between each charity.
The NASC presented each charity with their cheques earlier this month.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this huge donation from the NASC members. We urgently need funding to sustain our helpline services and develop our Building Mental Health programme and this money will go a long way towards making a difference to our construction families in crisis.
“Thank you again to all the NASC members who were so very generous.”
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The money raised for these charities, predominantly from NASC members, will be one of the enduring memories of the 2018 Ball & Awards. The way members embraced the opportunity to support these two deserving charities both at the event and in the following days was great to see.
“I’d like to thank each and every member that helped boost the total donated for their efforts. I’d also like to thank all of the Ball & Awards sponsors for their association with the event. Without their backing we would not have been able to stage such a prestigious evening in the first place.”