Christmas came early for me at the Patrons Forum hosted by Cundall on 6 October when CRASH, launched Jingle Build, its major fundraising drive in the run up to Christmas.
For the launch, the CRASH team created a magical Christmas grotto and set us patrons a series of practical challenges: to make snowman soup, build a ginger bread house; design a Christmas jumper, among others. Patrons from 8build, AECOM, Arcadis, Areen Design, BAM, Ben Adams Architects, British Gypsum, Carillion, City & Guilds, Hanson, Knight Harwood, Morrisroe, VolkerFitzpatrick were split into teams to pit their creative wits against one another
It was a fun morning and demonstrated that engaging people in practical tasks can be a great way to inspire commitment. Because alongside the fun tasks, each patron filmed a pledge to support Jingle Build and say why CRASH matters to them.
So I pledged that BAM would support the CRASH Christmas Card appeal and stage a quiz to guess the name of the Dulux dog. CRASH has a huge range of suggestions and support to help you fundraise with options such as participating in local Santa runs, mince pie mornings, and many more.
The serious message of the morning was that Jingle Build is the most important fundraising campaign of the year for CRASH. The more funds that can be raised this Christmas season, the more projects there will be in 2018 to improve facilities for homeless people. And, now that CRASH has taken on a similar role for hospices, the need for funds is greater than ever. The plea from CRASH CEO Francesca Roberts was to reach out to our project partners, clients and supply chain and involve them in the fundraising this Christmas and persuade them to become long-term supporters of CRASH.
Me and my inner elf reflected on why CRASH is so special. It is our own industry’s charity that makes such good use of our skills as well as our donations. And how appropriate that we who are involved in creating the built environment should help people in need of shelter and support. So while the construction industry will always support a wide range of good causes, I think our charity should begin at home with our own industry’s charity so ably run by the dedicated team at CRASH.
Barbara Cahalane (aka Nipper Superplum !)
BAM Construct UK