Staff at Manchester main contractor Russell WBHO have raised more than £300 for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity during Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.
The team took part in a number of activities throughout the week, all designed to help raise money and raise awareness of mental health issues, while having fun with friends and colleagues.
A Cake Sale ran throughout the week at both head office in Trafford Park and on site at the Municipal Buildings project in Liverpool, with delicious contributions from talented team members including handmade cookies, brownies, cupcakes, scones, chocolate pie and a huge vegan toffee cake.
Family members even got involved with cake making sisters and brownie baking mums contributing to the spread. And special thanks go to Nieve Kenyon, daughter of our QS Mark, for her delicious white chocolate cookies which were soon snapped up.
Staff were also invited to grab a snack and a brew during Time to Talk sessions on Tuesday, where they were encouraged to chat about ‘anything but work’ and enjoy getting to know each other better, echoing the #MHAW2020 theme of #TacklingLoneliness.
In a similarly relaxed fashion, the head office cafe was open for Breakfast Club all week with a donation requested in return for a healthy start to the day in the form of fruit, granola bars, and pastries.
And on Friday staff paid £2 to ‘dress down’, contributing to a grand total of £300 collected both offline and via a dedicated Go Fund Me page.
The money will go to the UK’s only construction worker’s charity which provides practical help and support for people going through tough times.
Russell WBHO has also recently raised more than £7,000 for mental health charity Manchester Mind in memory of colleague Chris Scotson who died last year. Mental Health matters are the focus of the company’s charitable activities throughout 2022. Further fundraising for the Lighthouse Club will take place later in the year.
Olivia Lea, HR manager, said: “Our staff are amazing and so, so generous, I’m absolutely delighted we’ve raised this for the charity which supports workers in our industry. Thank you to everyone for their crafty creations and for engaging so positively with the events this week.
“I think everyone understands the importance of mental health matters, both in construction and society in general, which is why we chose both the Lighthouse Club and Manchester Mind to raise money for this year. The team is always so supportive and up for any challenge, and this week they really pulled out all the stops to finish off all of the cakes for a good cause !”
For more information about the Lighthouse Club, the construction industry charity, visit their website
For immediate support with stress, financial worries, family problems or any mental health issues, call the 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 609 1956.
Big thanks to brilliant baker Nieve Kenyon
Staff enjoyed some time out with Breakfast Club in the cafe at head office