A charity dedicated to providing emotional and financial support to the construction industry has launched a crisis fund in a bid to help those within the industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides financial support and a 24/7 helpline to those in the sector. However, the coronavirus outbreak has ‘decimated’ their national and regional events – which the charity says it relies ‘heavily’ on to fund the help service.
Bill Hill, CEO of the charity said, “As a result of the coronavirus pandemic the calls to our Construction Industry Helpline are currently increasing by over 25% a week. Many of the calls received are from self-employed tradesmen, agency staff or workers on zero hour contracts who cope from week to week. They are often only one or two paydays away from poverty. They need our help to feed their families and to pay their bills for heating and lighting.
“Whether you’re in a position to donate or not, we are here for you. Our 24/7 helpline and app will enable anyone that needs help to access emergency financial support and mental health and wellbeing information and guidance.”
The charity pledged that not one penny donated will be diverted towards charity overheads, it will only go to those who really need it.
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