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Jewson offers a helping hand to communities

Jewson’s Building Better Communities competition is giving tradespeople the chance to apply for a share of a £250,000 prize fund. Whether it’s a community project or a deserving colleague who needs a helping hand, tradespeople can nominate their good cause to win a share of £250,000 in building materials. There are two top prizes of up to £50,000. Entrants have until 9 May 2018 to submit their application.

Building Better Communities has a range of categories rewarding both community projects and heroes of the building trade – £100,000 of the total prize fund will go to support those in the industry.

Jewson managing director Thierry Dufour says: “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.”

Builder and founder of the Band of Builders, Addam Smith, was named as the winner of the Trade Hero Award in 2017 and has since used the prize of £50,000 of building materials to transform the lives of two fellow tradesmen. Addam and the Band of Builders renovated the garden of Dan McIntosh, a carpenter and father of three who was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Most recently, the team spent eight days revamping the home of Carl Jenkins, a plasterer whose little girl was born with a range of complications.

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