Lighthouse festive event raises £212,000

MORE than £200,000 was raised for construction families at the Lighthouse construction industry charity Christmas lunch.

Almost 1000 guests attended the event in London, which included the launch pad of the new construction industry helpline app, a free mental health app which will information and advice on topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.

Des Moore, chairman of the NASC and CEO of TRAD Scaffolding, handed over £30,000, which was raised by members at the annual NASC awards evening and ball a few weeks earlier.

The Peter Capel Cup, which is awarded to an organisation that has made a substantial contribution to the charity’s work, was this year presented to construction software firm COINS, who developed the app and made sure everything was ready to launch on the day.

COINS CEO Robert Brown said, “It has been a privilege for us to support and collaborate with the Lighthouse construction industry charity and we are absolutely delighted to have received this award. Funding and developing this app is our way for COINS to give something back to the construction industry.”

Entertainment was provided by comedian Andrew Bird, actor James Nesbitt OBE, and tenor Martin Toal.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse construction industry charity said, “What a day it has been, we’ve launched our new construction industry helpline app and had a fantastic lunch with some very special people. We never cease to be amazed at the generosity of our supporters and we are truly grateful to everyone that dug so deep. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that helped on the day itself and our sponsors who make these events possible.

“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.”