The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity‘s annual charity lunch has raised £250k this year.
The event was held at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London and the money was raised through table sales, live and silent auctions, heads and tails, a raffle and event sponsorship.
All of money will directly benefit construction families in crisis and help the charity to provide even more support to the construction industry, including mental health training, development of their helpline app and an increased portfolio of charitable services available through their 24/7 construction industry helpline.
Guests were welcomed in by live music from 1852 whose band members all work for Willmott Dixon interiors. They were awarded best fundraisers at this year’s Construction Rocks battle of the bands event.
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 highly coveted 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 SMEs across the UK, whilst Heathrow Airport and their supply chain, Team Heathrow, donated funds from their hard hat recycling scheme, a dragon boat day and a hugely successful rugby day.
Lynn Way, President of the NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) and Peter Capel Cup nominees, also presented the charity with a cheque for £25,000 which was raised by members at the annual NASC awards event that was held a few weeks earlier.
Sky Sports presenters Vicky Gomersall and Julian Warren hosted the proceedings for the day and introduced top class sporting celebrities from the worlds of boxing and rugby, including Frank Bruno who talked very honestly and openly about life when he was growing up and his determination to avoid a life of crime. He also spoke frankly about his struggle with mental health, how he copes with anxiety on a daily basis and his views of boxing today.
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.”