Halifax charity builder in rallying call for votes

Stephen Keenan
Stephen Keenan

Stephen Keenan, co-founder and director of the Happy Days Building and Roofing Company in Halifax is calling for support from the local community to help win a share of the Jewson Building Better Communities prize fund.

Stephen set up the roofing and building company to support the work of his brother’s charity, Happy Days UK, and now needs your vote to help secure a share of £250,000 in building materials. Working together, the brothers raise money to provide support for people suffering with addictions or homelessness. Since Stephen set it up, Happy Days Roofing and Building Company has become successful in its own right and all of its success now goes towards supporting the work of the charity.

To go forward in the competition, Stephen needs votes as the prizes will be allocated based on the results of the public vote, as well as recommendations from an industry judging panel.

Supporters need to act quickly however, as voting closes on Wednesday 20th June.

Thierry Dufour, Managing Director at Jewson, explains: "For 2018, we have increased the funding available for the Trade Hero award and opened the category to entries from tradespeople who have found themselves in times of hardship, as well as those who are going the extra mile in their community. The shortlist is an example of just some of many very deserving causes, which is why we’re asking members of the public to get behind the finalists and use their vote.”

The Building Better Communities initiative rewards both community projects and heroes of the building trade. Jewson will award one community project up to £50,000, as well as many smaller prizes to other projects. It will also give away £100,000 of the overall fund to tradespeople who go above and beyond in their local area, or builders who have always supported others but now find themselves in need.

The winning projects will be announced on Tuesday 3rd July at a ceremony hosted by celebrity architect, George Clarke.

George Clarke, who is involved in Building Better Communities for the second year running, said: “The funds donated as part of the Building Better Communities initiative have already made a huge difference to local charities and community groups, and can do the same for Stephen. It’s an honour to be supporting them and I hope members of the public get behind their local community and cast their vote.”

Voting closes on Wednesday 20th June. The initiative is being supported by Jewson supplier brands: Velux; Marshalls, Polypipe; British Gypsum; Tarmac; Recticel and Norbord.

For a full list of finalists and to vote, visit: www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk.