National charity Band of Builders has launched a brand new hardship fund to help tradesmen and women affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The charity, which carries out projects and adaptations to help UK tradespeople and their families affected by illness or disability, has launched the fund to help UK tradespeople and their families left in financial difficulties as a result of COVID.

BoB, as the charity is known in the construction world, has committed to match every £1 donated by the public all the way up to £10,000, creating an overall fund of £20,000. The cash will then be used to award grants of between £250 and £500 to tradespeople who have been left in financial difficulties thanks to COVID.

Band of Builders Chairman Gavin Crane urged people to spare just £1 to ensure that tradesmen and women left unable to pay bills to feed their families can receive much-needed support at such a difficult time.

“We know this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone in the UK and further afield, so we appreciate this is a big ask,” said Gavin. “But for some UK tradespeople, that donation of just £1 could help make all the difference.

“We’ve heard countless tales of people in our industry who have been left struggling due to a combination of restrictions making it hard to work, difficulties due to suffering with COVID themselves, and for some the issues that come with falling through the cracks when it comes to government support.”

Band of Builders, which was formed in 2016, is a national charity that helps members of the UK construction industry suffering from illness and injury. Its work usually involves practical projects across the country. Past projects include the installation of a specialised bathroom for an electrician’s daughter suffering from a rare skin condition; landscaping a garden for a builder suffering from Motor Neurone Disease; and creating a new driveway and safe access for a plasterer suffering left wheelchair-bound by a rare neurological condition.

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