Band of Builders (BoB) has unveiled ambitious plans to complete a record-breaking 12 projects in 2022 for fellow tradespeople facing hardship.
The registered charity, which completes practical projects to help members of the UK construction industry who are battling illness or injury, is set to double the number of projects it completed last year. The charity is busy mobilising its members ready for projects as far afield as Plymouth, South Shields and its first one in Northern Ireland.
BoB has also been working closely with its partners and supporters – which include some major names within the construction industry, including DEWALT, Jewson, Tarmac, Gibbs & Dandy, V12 Footwear, Talasey, Resideo and Haemmerlin – to start to arrange the ring-fencing of materials for each project.
Gavin Crane, the chair of the board of trustees, said: “Requests for support have hit an all-time high from tradespeople right across the spectrum of the UK construction industry, and we are taking BoB to the next level to help as many people as we can this year,”
“None of this would be possible without the generosity and commitment of our members and other tradespeople who volunteer their skills and time for free to be part of the BoB community, delivering projects that are life-changers for the recipients.
“Projects this year range from complete home renovations – like the one we completed at the end of last year for Cher Little, a mum of two and partner of plasterer Mark; she was left relying on a wheelchair after having her legs amputated due to contracting meningococcal septicaemia, a rare and often fatal bloodstream infection – through to landscaping projects for housebound former tradespeople so they can enjoy their gardens.”
The tradespeople chosen by BoB for projects this year include:
- A 51-year-old father of four in Hertfordshire who fell 20 ft from scaffolding after having a seizure and has since been diagnosed with a brain tumour
- A 40-year-old man from Walsall who suffered spinal cord damage after a heart operation went wrong and left him permanently disabled
- A 63-year-old former brickie from Northern Ireland who suffers from progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) – a breakdown of his immune system
- An electrician from Loughborough whose 5-year-old son has cerebral palsy and cannot sit up unaided
- The wife of a plasterer from South Shields who has ovarian cancer, which is spreading
- A 55-year-old father of two who was a building surveyor before he suffered a hypoxic brain injury caused by lack of oxygen due to a heart attack, currently in neuro rehab
Ahead of each project, the BoB team assesses the requirements of the project, such as the trade materials required, and then engages with merchants and its membership base for support.
Crane added: “We have amazing backing from the industry, but every little bit helps, so if anyone wants to help in any way, we always welcome support – whether it’s financial, materials or anything else. Anyone who wants to get involved can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
This year, BoB will also continue with vital initiatives such as the Big Brew which will take place in October. The initiative is designed to encourage tradespeople to come together in a bid to remove the taboo around mental health in the sector- at a time when the suicide rate of UK construction workers is estimated to be as high as two people every day.
Peter Cape, Big Brew lead at BoB, said: “Our first Big Brew – which was sponsored by Resideo – proved to be a real lifeline for people right across the construction industry and showed us that there is so much more to do on this. We see the struggles of our colleagues within our community on a regular basis and see peer-to-peer support as vital to addressing this crisis.”