MG Scaffolding client Kier was completing an abseil on one of its construction sites in Gloucester, UK. Multiple Kier workers completed the abseil to raise money for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Trussell Trust.

The Light House Charity provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to the construction community and their families. The Trussell Trust supports a UK-wide network of food banks that provide emergency food and support to people facing hardship. Its research department advocates for political and economic change to eradicate the need for food banks in one of the richest countries on the planet.

Surpassing financial targets

The sponsorship target was £6500. Our team created an opportunity for our staff and partners to take part in a fun activity while raising money for the Light House and the Trussell Trust. Mark Hodges took part, dressed as Spiderman, in the 100-foot-high abseil at The Forum on Saturday 16 September 2023. This was the first time an abseil for charity was held at a Kier Construction site. Members of the MG Scaffolding Cheltenham team turned up, including Claire Day, Arry Barnes, Colin Weeks and Emma Jones accompanied by Mark’s wife Emma. (We don’t know if his wife was proud of his achievement or embarrassed that she was married to Spiderman!) Mark was awarded a certificate and medal and an additional certificate for being Best Dressed! Mark raised over £300, enabling Kier to reach its target. The final amount raised was £13,515, including £3400 from The Kier Foundation.

Claire Day, compliance manager, said: “We were extremely proud to have supported Kier in raising money for The Lighthouse Construction Charity and Trussell Trust. I would like to thank Mark (Hodgy) Hodges for his outstanding bravery – nobody else would do it!’. Mark went above and beyond to get as much sponsorship in as possible – what a great excuse to dress up as Spiderman for the day!”

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