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#loveLIVES soars past £90,000 in donations as campaign starts with a bang

Laing O’Rourke has pledged £20,000 towards the #loveLIVES campaign, bringing the total amount raised in less than a week to almost £100,000.

The firm’s chief executive Anna Stewart said organisations such as Building Lives were “fundamental to the future growth of our industry”.

The company is one of the largest direct employers in the UK construction industry.

Its average monthly number of employees in the year to 31 March 2014 was 15,312, of which 10,427 employees were in Europe.

Laing O’Rourke has pledged £20,000 towards the campaign to save Building Lives’ short-term future.

The #loveLIVES campaign is a partnership between Construction News, Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity - which has already pledged £50,000 - and KPMG.

Construction News has spoken with several other CN100 contractors who are set to donate and pledge their support in the coming weeks.

Construction News will also be lobbying politicians and construction industry companies to seek their support for the campaign.

Canary Wharf Contractors Fund also this week pledged £20,000 to the campaign to raise £400,000 in 50 days.

Ms Stewart, who became CEO in 2013, has also pledged to help individuals being trained through Building Lives, with the two parties currently in discussions.

She said: “Apprenticeships provide enormous benefits to organisations across the UK, both economically and socially. 

“With the skills gap in the construction sector only set to increase, we believe initiatives like Building Lives are fundamental to the future growth of our industry, and therefore we would encourage companies to join us in supporting this campaign.”


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Visit to sign your name to the list of supporters of #loveLIVES.


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