Property and construction industry come together to support local foodbanks with four tonnes of food

Date published: 27 December 2020

Search Construction and Property, a leading recruiter in the sector, has led a local drive to support families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic over the festive season.

At the start of December, the company decided to use its usual Christmas gift budget on buying food for local foodbanks, but has since enlisted the support of its construction clients to adopt its building sites into food collection points.

The company’s endeavours are helping local people whose lives have been affected over the last 12 months.

Over 25 construction sites across the region have been collecting food and gifts throughout December.

Industry names such as Eric Wright Construction, Vinci Construction, Bloor Homes and Claremont Group, alongside Balfour Beatty, John Sisk, Laing O’Rourke, Bridgestone, and Graham Construction all lent a hand to support a concerted effort to provide foodbanks with provisions in the run up to Christmas.

Bloor Homes set up collection points for both staff and residents on eight of their housing developments across the North West, whilst interiors specialist Claremont Group created a huge donation hub at their Head Office.

Regional contractors Vinci Construction and Eric Wright Group both raised cash donations in addition to food, donating £1,400 and £500 respectively.

In total, Search Construction and Property collected over 3,200 individual items and over £2,000 in aid of The Trussell Trust food banks across Greater Manchester, with donations being delivered in time for Christmas to local support centres at Oldham, Manchester Central, Rochdale, Stockport, Atherton and Leigh, and Salford.

Paul Kynaston, Manging Director of Search Construction and Property, said: “We’ve been delighted with how readily our partner companies have been to support the initiative.

"What started in Manchester with our city centre office and regional clients has, in a matter of days, spanned across our entire UK construction and property team, with more than 25 clients supporting us.

“The generosity of the businesses and their workers has been phenomenal and we were really taken aback by them.

"Each went above and beyond what we were expecting.

"It really is a great example of businesses doing their bit and rallying around those in unfortunate positions.”

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