Lighthouse Charity Lunch Raises £180,000 for Construction Families


The construction industry’s premier networking event, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Lunch, proved to be a roaring success once again as it raised an impressive £180,000 in support of construction families.

Held at the Westminster Park Plaza on December 1st, the event brought together over 950 guests for a day of entertainment, fundraising, and networking.

The event was hosted by the charismatic duo of rugby presenter and commentator David Flatman, affectionately known as ‘Flats,’ and Ellie Costello, a Weekend Breakfast presenter and journalist. They kicked off the proceedings by highlighting the importance of addressing poor emotional wellbeing within the construction sector, drawing parallels between the industry and the macho image of rugby.

One of the event’s highlights was the traditional heads and tails game, which not only energized the crowd but also tested their knowledge of turkey cooking times, adding a lighthearted touch to the day.

The prestigious ‘Peter Capel’ Cup was awarded to Multiplex in recognition of their outstanding fundraising efforts and commitment to ensuring their team and supply chain are aware of available support. Claire Scrimgeour, Health, Safety, and Training Project Manager at Multiplex, expressed their pride in supporting the Lighthouse Charity, saying, “The charity holds a significant place in our hearts, and we are proud to work with and support them and those in our industry.”

Guests were treated to a gourmet three-course meal and had the chance to bid on unique items in an auction led by auctioneer Addison Gelpey. Among the items up for grabs were a VIP tour of the Aston Martin F1 Team Campus, a luxury holiday in India, and VIP event tickets for top football matches and concerts.

The event also featured a star-studded lineup of sporting celebrities. Bernie Collins, the strategy analyst for the Sky Sports F1 team, shared insights into her career and joked about her expertise in rainy weather in Ireland, helping her make strategic race-winning decisions.

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England wheelchair rugby duo Martin and Tom Coyd spoke about the development of Wheelchair Rugby League in England and their victory in the Wheelchair World Cup in 2022, emphasizing the inclusivity and achievement the sport brings to people of all abilities.

Legendary football manager Harry Redknapp entertained the audience with stories from his illustrious career and his experiences on reality TV. Redknapp’s quick wit and charisma left the crowd in stitches.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, expressed his gratitude for the tremendous support, especially during challenging times. He praised the industry for coming together to change and save lives, thanking volunteers and sponsors for their contributions.

The event concluded on a high note with a tribute band, Re-Take That, performing some of the iconic band’s greatest hits, leaving guests in high spirits. The festivities extended into the evening, with attendees fully embracing the Christmas spirit and seizing networking opportunities.