National construction charity Band of Builders has announced the projects that it plans to deliver this year to help members of construction industry who are battling illness or injury, making a life-changing difference to them and their families.
The organisation, affectionately known as BoB, is gearing up for at least five substantial projects – three of which require planning permission – in Suffolk, North Yorkshire, Cornwall, Surrey and South Wales.
The beneficiaries include a trainee bricklayer who suffered a catastrophic brain aneurysm; the eight-year-old son of a general builder, who became quadriplegic after contracting meningococcal septicaemia; and a builders merchant employee who was left paralysed from the waist down after a spinal abscess.
Band of Builders Operations Director Tony Steel said that work is well underway in planning to deliver these projects, and the charity is already galvanising support from its near 50,000-strong community of volunteers and supporters.
“It’s a heart-breaking process reading all of the applications that we receive from members of the construction industry and their families – who all desperately need help,” said Tony.
“We selected a number of projects that met our criteria and put them forward to the board of trustees, who have given us the go-ahead to plan and deliver five projects this year.”
The charity has already completed one project this year – which was the second phase of a project that started last October – to level the ground floor and widen doorways at the Herefordshire home of Martin Wilks, a builder who was left paralysed after a fall.
View the full list of projects at www.bandofbuilders.org