Jewson launches fund to support housebuilders and projects in need

Jewson launches fund to support housebuilders and projects in need

Jewson has revealed details of its fourth Building Better Communities competition, with entry closing tomorrow (9th May).

Whether it’s a community project close to their heart or a deserving colleague who needs a helping hand, housebuilders can put forward their good cause to win a share of £250,000 in building materials, with two top prizes of up to £50,000.

Building Better Communities has a range of categories rewarding both community projects and heroes of the building trade. After launching its Trade Hero category in 2017, Jewson is giving more to the trade this year with £100,000 of the total prize fund put aside to support those in the industry.

Thierry Dufour, Managing Director at Jewson, explained: “Our Trade Hero award was launched last year and we were overwhelmed by the entries and stories we heard. Working with last year’s winners, Band of Builders, we’ve helped improve the lives of several tradespeople and their families, but it’s also showed us there are many more people out there who need assistance. So while we’re looking for entries for builders who want to help local projects do important building work, we’re opening up the prize this year to support tradespeople who’ve always helped others but now need a hand themselves.

“The building trade is a great industry to be in but, as many tradespeople are self-employed and the job being physically demanding, hardships such as illness or injury can be life changing. Through Building Better Communities, we want to try to help as many people and builders in need as we can.”

A further £150,000 of the Building Better Communities fund will be awarded to community groups in need of a boost: whether it’s a new roof for a youth centre or revamped changing rooms for a sports club.

After a shortlisting process and a public vote, the winning projects will be announced on 3rd July at a ceremony hosted by celebrity architect, George Clarke.

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