Band of Builders is a charitable organisation set up by builders, for builders. It began in early 2016 when founder Addam Smith’s long-time employee and friend Keith Ellick was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than a year to live. That devastating day changed both men’s lives forever - but also sparked one of the biggest movements the building trade has seen - the Band of Builders.
It started with the DIY SOS-style renovation of Keith’s home that drew tradesmen from across the country who transformed his house in just one week. Not content to leave it like that, Addam embarked on an ambitious plan to raise enough money to buy the council-owned home so Keith would have the security of knowing his family could stay there even when he was gone.
Within months a project to help a dying man became a global movement - the Band of Builders. Since then BoB has launched a workwear range worn by tradesmen across the country, raising money for the fund but also creating a badge of honour for people to show their united support for a cause that touches all of us in some way during our lives.
Keith died on March 27th, 2017 but Band of Builders lives on as his legacy. We have applied to become a registered charity to help members of the construction trade in their hour of need. We’re already planning our next project helping build a sensory garden for a school in Lichfield, with several other projects planned for the next few months. Earlier this year Addam was declared the winner of the Trade Hero category in Jewson’s Building Better Communities Awards, scooping £50,000 worth of materials to put towards future Band of Builders’ projects and allowing us to help even more people.
The Band of Builders story has shown exactly what can be achieved when a bunch of people come together in the spirit of kindness and compassion and his legacy will be the creation of a nationwide effort to help others. We’ve lifted Keith - we will lift many more. A year ago Band of Builders founder Addam Smith was awarded the On the Tools Special Recognition Award and we are delighted to be sponsoring the same award this year to recognise another unsung hero who is going the extra mile to help those in need.