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Mental health charity thanks Anderson anglers for boosting essential services

A vital service which helps construction workers in crisis has been given a major boost by Anderson employees, says a leading industry charity.

The Lighthouse Club, which supports the mental health of construction workers, has thanked those who tackled a fun 24-hour fishathon which netted a whopping £6,200.

The fishy fundraiser, which saw 20 Anderson anglers plus friends and family cast their lines overnight at Blasford Hill Fishery in Chelmsford, will help the charity continue reaching people in crisis in the industry.

Anderson Senior Site Manager Kevin Russell caught the biggest fish

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Anderson for their fantastic fundraising,” said Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.

“Their support means that we can continue to support our construction workforce in crisis and continue to provide free and easily accessible pro-active resources for everyone.”

Every working day in the UK, two construction workers take their own life, and stress, anxiety and depression accounts for a fifth of all work- related illnesses.

Prize winners at Anderson's fishathon

Senior Site Manager Ron “Rocket” Sant helped to organise the event and is also a mental health first aider at Anderson.

He said: “The fishathon was a great way to have fun, bring people together and unwind – all while raising money for this much-needed charity.

“We’re delighted that the money will help the Lighthouse Club to continue to support people in our industry facing stress, anxiety and other difficult situations.

“We know it can be hard to speak up when you need help.

“The work of the Lighthouse Club is so important, especially during the pandemic when it is needed more than ever.”

Those taking part came from different departments of Anderson including head office, site staff and some contractors. Most brought partners and children to make it a family day out.

Senior Site Manager Kevin Russell was awarded a trophy for catching the biggest fish. The runner up was Groundworker Chris Ruffles. The wooden spoon trophy for best effort went to Health and Safety Adviser Andy Hammond.

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