News Sep 2021

Celebrating the outstanding achievements of our Corporate Patrons during a global pandemic.

Last night, the CRASH family gathered for the annual Patrons’ Reception and Above & Beyond Awards to recognise our Corporate Patrons’ achievements, generosity, and loyalty.

This year was especially poignant as we continued our vital work despite the challenges companies and charities faced with lockdowns and restrictions. We’ve all had to adapt and do things differently. We’ve been amazed by the resilience, creativity and compassion shown by the people and companies who support us on projects and fundraising. We are immensely proud of all our Corporate Patrons who underpin every construction project CRASH undertakes.

Each year, we bring senior representatives from the construction and property industry together who have given valuable time and resources to support CRASH.

“It is extraordinary to see what we as an industry have achieved, despite the challenges of a global pandemic. CRASH and our network of Corporate Patrons have delivered 31 vital construction projects helping homelessness charities and hospices remodel and adapt their buildings. Not only to improve the essential services they offer homeless people and terminally ill children and adults, but also, in some cases making the changes necessary to allow the charities to continue their work safely during lockdowns. We can all be very proud of our work constructing places that care for people now and for many years into the future. Getting involved with CRASH makes a difference to your business. People recognise your company is serious about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), giving something back to the communities in which you work and making a difference in the world we all live in. So join us. Make a difference and demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility.”

Alan Brookes

Chairman of CRASH

“The Annual Patrons’ Reception is a wonderful celebration of what all our Corporate Patrons achieve in their partnership with CRASH. This collaboration is a powerful thing and helps thousands of homeless and vulnerable people and children and adults who need end of life care in a hospice. It is such a pleasure to thank and recognise our Patrons. Sincere congratulations to our Above & Beyond award winners.”

Francesca Roberts

Chief Executive of CRASH

“It is extraordinary to see what we as an industry have achieved, despite the challenges of a global pandemic. CRASH and our network of Corporate Patrons have delivered 31 vital construction projects helping homelessness charities and hospices remodel and adapt their buildings. Not only to improve the essential services they offer homeless people and terminally ill children and adults, but also, in some cases making the changes necessary to allow the charities to continue their work safely during lockdowns. We can all be very proud of our work constructing places that care for people now and for many years into the future. Getting involved with CRASH makes a difference to your business. People recognise your company is serious about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), giving something back to the communities in which you work and making a difference in the world we all live in. So join us. Make a difference and demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility.”

Alan Brookes

Chairman of CRASH

“The Annual Patrons’ Reception is a wonderful celebration of what all our Corporate Patrons achieve in their partnership with CRASH. This collaboration is a powerful thing and helps thousands of homeless and vulnerable people and children and adults who need end of life care in a hospice. It is such a pleasure to thank and recognise our Patrons. Sincere congratulations to our Above & Beyond award winners.”

Francesca Roberts

Chief Executive of CRASH

Guests heard from Mossie Lyons, Director at Kairos Community Trust, about their work supporting residents recovering from homelessness and addiction, the material difference we make together, and the social impact of the long-standing collaboration with CRASH.

Above & Beyond Awards 2021

CRASH Charity Loyalty Award

Buildbase

for 15 years as a Corporate Patron.

Corporate Patron of the Year: Construction Products

Geberit

for providing the most construction products to projects CRASH supported.

  • 2nd place British Gypsum
  • 3rd place Hanson

Corporate Patron of the Year: Professional Expertise

AECOM

for providing the most professional expertise to projects CRASH supported.

  • In 2nd place VolkerFitzpatrick
  • 3rd place Beale & Co

Corporate Patron of the Year: most charity projects

Arcadis

for involvement in the most projects CRASH supported.

  • 2nd place Dulux
  • 3rd place AECOM

Corporate Patron of the Year: Contractor

Volker-Fitzpatrick

for outstanding leadership on projects CRASH supported.

Corporate Patron of the Year: Fundraising

VolkerFitzpatrick

for undertaken the most fundraising in aid of CRASH.

  • 2nd place Taylor Wimpey
  • 3rd place Beale & Co

Special Recognition Medals:

Jeremy Marks, Director at Communication Design Partnership

For designing our Christmas e-card every year and making a valuable contribution to our Christmas fundraising appeal.

Steve Burr, Director at Black Architecture

For his valuable support on numerous construction projects for homelessness charities and hospices.

Matt Bennion, Chief Executive, Reds10

Above & Beyond Fundraiser – when Ride London was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, Matt cycled 200 miles from Reds10 Head Office in Wimbledon, South London to their factory in East Yorkshire) raising over £5.5K.

Niamh McCann, CRASH Projects Manager, seconded by Arcadis.

Niamh has brought a new level of professionalism, determination, and creativity to the role and added value to relationships with our Corporate Patrons and the charities CRASH support.

Tony Giddings, Deputy Chairman of CRASH
Jonathon Turk, Trustee

Retiring CRASH trustees were recognised for their many years of service to the charity and all the people’s lives, positively affected through our work.

Tony Denison Award

This award is given in memory of our founder, to an individual at one of the benefiting charities CRASH supported, who displays the same qualities that Tony did – commitment, ingenuity, persistence and compassion.

Zach Hurst, Community Manager at Emmaus Hastings and Rother
Trisha Pickersgill, Director of Finance & Facilities at Rennie Grove Hospice

Special thanks to

  • Arcadis for hosting the reception at their new offices at 80Fen.
  • Galliford Try for sponsoring the refreshments.
  • Photographer Paul Burroughs for donating his time and expertise.

CRASH has been the UK construction industry’s social impact partner for 25 years. We unite the power of the industry to do good by channeling their professional expertise, construction products and fundraising, to construct places that care for the sick, vulnerable and homeless in the communities where we work and live. Our work demonstrates how the construction industry and CRASH can build a more caring society.

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