The UK’s Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has launched a crisis appeal to help it raise funds to support those effected by Covid-19 in the construction industry.
The charity usually relies on event income to fund its 24/7 helpline however following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic it has since put an end to its national and regional events at a time when the construction community needs its support the most. It has therefore reached out to the industry to help support its ‘Construction Workers Family Crisis Fund’ to ensure that construction workers and their families are not abandoned in this crisis.
Charity chief executive, Bill Hill, said: “As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the calls to our construction industry helpline are currently increasing by over 25 percent 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 are 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.”
To donate to the crisis fund, which the charity has pledged to donate every penny to the people that really need it, you can do so here: Donate to Lighthouse crisis fund.
Established in 1956, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families who have suffered an injury, long term illness. Last year saw them deliver £1.1 million of charitable services to support the wellbeing of the construction industry.