Construction industry charity the Lighthouse Club last week launched a new charity drive in London with the aim of widening how it helps industry workers and their families deal with financial crises.
The charity has recently taken on a new chief executive and wants to significantly increase the services it can offer such as education and training, not just financial assistance.
“In 2011 the Gross Value Added of the UK construction industry was £90bn with 2.04M jobs,” said charity president and High Speed 2 Ltd chairman Douglas Oakervee. “We raised £500,000 in donations for construction workers in the same year, but the huge majority of that money was from the efforts of volunteers raising funds, not donations from the industry itself, we should all be doing more.”
At the event at the Ritz, Oakervee also pleaded with companies to not just to make donations, but to look at other ways in which they could help. “Instigate a work place giving scheme, or make us the ‘official charity’ in your organisation. So many of your staff raise money for other charities, surely they should be encouraged to raise it for their own industry charity?” he said.
Key companies and organisations from the construction sector were represented by over 100 of their chief executives or chairmen including Laing O’Rourke, Bam Nuttall, Keepmoat, Willmott Dixon, Vinci, Morrison Utility Services and Imtech as well as CICES, CIOB and ICE. Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt also attended.
To find out more about the Lighthouse Club visit www.lighthouseclub.org