Canary Wharf Contractors Fund has kick-started private sector contributions to the #loveLIVES campaign with a £20,000 donation to help save the short-term future of London social enterprise Building Lives.
Canary Wharf Contractors executive director Cormac MacCrann pledged the donation at an event yesterday evening to promote health and safety leadership on its sites.
A collection on the night also raised £890 towards the campaign.
It brings the total amount raised so far through the #loveLIVES campaign to more than £71,000, with an overall target of £400,000 to be raised in 50 days.
The #loveLIVES campaign is a partnership between Construction News, Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity - which has already pledged £50,000 - and KPMG.
It was established to save the Building Lives organisation and almost 200 learners in the construction industry, whose apprenticeships are at threat due to a lack of funding.
Mr MacCrann said: “We particularly focus on helping organisations who are involved with young people so engaging with Building Lives matches our objectives perfectly.
“Giving young people from socially deprived backgrounds a chance to acquire a trade and more importantly self-respect is a huge benefit to society and to the industry – all the more so when it is at a time of acute skills shortages.”
He added: “Canary Wharf Contractors Fund is proud to be able to help Building Lives and we urge our colleagues in the industry to help as best they can. If everyone gives a little it will help a lot.”
Mr MacCrann will also fundraise for Building Lives by climbing Mont Blanc in July.
He will pledge sponsorship from the climb towards the educational fund established by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity to ringfence all donations to the #loveLIVES campaign.
The charity had planned to establish the fund next year for its 60th anniversary, but brought its launch forward to assist the campaign for Building Lives.
Get involved in the #loveLIVES campaign:
Visit www.cnplus.co.uk/home/buildinglives/#sign to sign your name to the list of supporters of #loveLIVES.