Construction Industry Today

CRASH benefit at the National Merchant Buying Society Gala Dinner

CRASH was delighted to be one of the chosen charities at this year's National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) Gala Dinner at the Telford International Centre. Former Rugby Union and League player John Bentley was the after dinner speaker.
Published 20 July 2011

NMBS is a centralised buying society for Independent builders, timber and hardware, plumbing and heating merchants. It has over 650 members, with over 2000 branches.

CRASH received £2250 in donations from guests attending the event. "We are delighted to of been chosen as one of the benefiting charities," said Kate Marsh, fundraising administrator at CRASH. "It is wonderful to get support from such a great number of independent companies across the sector."

CRASH is the construction and property industry's charity for homeless people. We are a practical charity that focuses on improving and constructing buildings used to help homeless people. We do this in three ways; awarding cash grants, providing professional advice and supplying free materials.

CRASH is unique. As an industry charity we encourage our patron partners to get directly involved in helping the projects who ask us for assistance. This practical approach delivers better standards of building by matching industry support exactly to the needs of a particular project. Sometimes a simple cash grant may be the solution but often the expertise of a willing professional seconded to the project to help ensure effective completion, is worth more than money alone. Similarly, supplies of much needed building materials, from bricks to flooring and internal finishes, can help achieve a better outcome for the building's owners and their end users.

The industry's goodwill and practical sharing of materials and skills means that much needed renovation and development can be carried out to a far higher standard than would otherwise be possible, providing a safe, sustainable and welcoming refuge for people in need.

CRASH receives no government backing and is 100 per cent funded by the UK construction and property industry. Run by a team of only three full-time staff, this cost-effective way of running a charity has enabled CRASH to help over 45 projects across the UK in the last year.

CRASH patron partners are:

ACO Technologies, AECOM, Argent Group, A-Plant, Balfour Beatty, BAM Construct UK, Bauder, British Gypsum, Buildbase, Burdens, Carillion Construction, Costain, Davis Langdon, EC Harris, GallifordTry, Hanson UK, Hewden, Hilti (Gt. Britain), Imtech Technical Services, John Laing, Knauf, Lafarge Plasterboard, Land Securities, Lend Lease, M8 Recruitment, Packexe, RedSky IT, Skanska UK, Sto, Taylor Wimpey, Travis Perkins

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