News Feb 2015

PM Hears How Industry Underpins Charity

CRASH’s Francesca Roberts and Emma Brophy were guests at a Downing Street reception to celebrate the winners of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award.

The construction and property industry’s charity was recognised with the award for their work with homelessness charities throughout the UK.

Held in the state rooms at 10 Downing Street, the occasion provided the opportunity for CRASH to explain first hand to David Cameron how, through bespoke partnerships across the construction and property industry, the charity is able to build and refurbish emergency night shelters, hostels and day centres, empowering companies to provide more than money to charities on the frontline of the fight against homelessness.

The 28 Patron companies of CRASH pioneer the work that needs to be done by collaborating to provide the maximum impact possible to improve the buildings homeless people need. These Patron companies all play their part working with CRASH to provide expertise, materials and donations.

Last year, CRASH supported 68 homelessness projects, leveraging £188,974 of pro-bono professional expertise, £190,391 of donated and discounted materials and cash grants totaling £155,586 to help improve buildings and services.

“The innovative approach CRASH takes harnesses the world-class skills and products of our construction industry to tackle the issue of homelessness. This Big Society Award recognises the remarkable achievements of everyone involved.”

David Cameron

Prime Minister

“We are thrilled and proud that the work of CRASH has been recognised by the Prime Minister. CRASH is the big society in action; the charity lies at the heart of the construction and property industry and is the conduit by which the companies and their employees can practically put something back to help communities across the UK. This award honours the people and the companies who do so much to share their expertise, time and skill to help homeless people. CRASH is all about sharing what you are naturally good at and sharing of ourselves is what charity is all about.”

Francesca Roberts

CRASH Chief Executive

“The innovative approach CRASH takes harnesses the world-class skills and products of our construction industry to tackle the issue of homelessness. This Big Society Award recognises the remarkable achievements of everyone involved.”

David Cameron

Prime Minister

“We are thrilled and proud that the work of CRASH has been recognised by the Prime Minister. CRASH is the big society in action; the charity lies at the heart of the construction and property industry and is the conduit by which the companies and their employees can practically put something back to help communities across the UK. This award honours the people and the companies who do so much to share their expertise, time and skill to help homeless people. CRASH is all about sharing what you are naturally good at and sharing of ourselves is what charity is all about.”

Francesca Roberts

CRASH Chief Executive

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