Band of Builders is far more to me than just a client. It’s a cause I’ve been involved with for several years and am so proud to be a part of. What started as a group of people volunteering to help others worse off than themselves has grown into a national charity but at its core the sentiment and its values are entirely unchanged. BoB is about helping others – whether that’s through practical projects, through support from its community, or any other way it can.
The latest step is the launch of a brand new hardship fund to help tradesmen and women affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The COVID pandemic has affected people across the country in a variety of ways, including financially thanks to lack of work or illness or difficulties in getting government support.
At BoB, we’ve committed to match every £1 donated by the public all the way up to £10,000, creating an overall fund of £20,000. That cash will then be used to award grants of between £250 and £500 for eligible UK tradespeople who meet the criteria outlined by Band of Builders and overseen by the board of trustees.
We see the grants as small but potentially hugely important to those who need them, and are thrilled to have had support from across the industry on the fund. Publications across the sector have covered the launch of the fund, with several companies already pledging their support by donating £250 each to form one grant. We’re still looking for more support so if you’re a company that wants to get involved, please do get in touch.
Anyone wanting to donate to the fund can visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/BOBCovidhardshipfund and anyone in the construction industry facing financial hardship is urged to visit the Band of Builders website (www.bandofbuilders.org) for more information on how to apply.