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Specialists raise £30k for construction workers in need

The Construction News Specialists Awards raised £30,000 towards construction workers and families in need. 

At last week’s awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, almost 800 people contributed £30,000 towards the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.

The Specialists Awards are 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 and joined category winners for celebratory photographs.

Bids from a silent auction raised £20,000 and table collections raised an additional £10,000.  

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides a 24/ 7 helpline for all construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland. The helpline provides emergency financial aid to families in crisis, as well as advice on occupational health and mental wellbeing and support on legal, tax and debt management matters.

Every year there are about 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, chief executive 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 lifeline 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 24/7 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.”

Construction News acting editor Tom Fitzpatrick 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.”

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