Blackwood Plant Hire and Molson Young join forces to Make It Visible
All eyes are on the new Kobelco SK130 which proudly showcases the vibrant colours of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s recently launched Make It Visible campaign, thanks to Blackwood Plant Hire and Molson Young.
The Lighthouse Charity is the only charity 100% dedicated to providing emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families.
Its campaign aims to raise awareness of welfare and wellbeing support in the construction industry and signposts to a portal full of helpful information and resources.
The machine is currently in place at Balfour Beatty’s site in Dunfermline, on hire from Blackwood Plant.
Paul McCormack, managing director of Blackwood Plant, said: “As a member of the West of Scotland Lighthouse Committee I witness the strains of the industry’s mental health through the real struggles of people the charity helps. I also see this with my own staff, where in a male-dominated industry, many are scared to admit that they have mental health issues and in simple terms are struggling.
“Our vision for this machine is to promote and hopefully help gain acceptance through the industry that it is ok not to be ok and to talk about any issues they have. This message is underpinned by the charity’s campaigns ‘make it visible’ and ‘help inside the hard hat’.
“We cannot thank the committee, Molson Young and A Gray enough for their help in getting this machine as visible as possible as well as Molson Young agreeing to match our donation of £1.00 for every hour the machine works over the next 12 months. We hope to gain lots of donations from our customers throughout the year and have our sights set on a target of £10,000.”
Alistair Murdoch from Molson Young Plant Sales said: “As a past chairman of the West of Scotland Lighthouse Club and a supporter for many years it was a pleasure to work with Paul and develop an idea to support and promote the charity.
“We chose the Make It Visible campaign as its vibrant colour scheme would make the Kobelco SK130LC-11 stand out and raise awareness of the charity to everyone working on and visiting the sites where the excavator is located. A massive thanks must also go to Molson Group and Blackwood Plant Hire who have both agreed to financially support the charity.
Alan Gilmour, the chair of Lighthouse Club Scotland West, added: “We can’t thank Blackwood Plant Hire and Molson Scotland highly enough for their efforts in arranging for the Make it Visible branding to go on their new excavator. Placing the machine into a live project environment where there will be hundreds of trades working over the coming months, really allows the name of the charity to get out there much more widely and also supports the earlier visits from the Make It Visible on site team.
“We hope the initiative really raises much needed awareness as well as hitting the fundraising targets that Paul and the team have set over the remainder of the year.
“Both businesses have pledged to match £1 per hour each for the time that the machine is on hire for the next year. As well as raising funds we also hope to raise awareness of the campaign and help spread the message of support.”