RJC Plant Services Ltd based near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire are raising awareness of male mental health and suicide in the construction sector, by taking part in a sponsored hair growth challenge for the Lighthouse Club Charity.
The 10 man team, who provide grab hire and road sweeping services across Yorkshire will be avoiding the clippers and growing their mustaches throughout November in support of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, the only charity that provides financial and mental wellbeing support to the construction workforce and their families. The charity provides a 24 /7 Construction Industry Helpline which is the first point of contact to access a range of completely free and confidential support services including emergency financial aid, advice on welfare and mental wellbeing, and support on legal, tax and debt management matters.
Directors, Chris and John hope the ‘Movember’ challenge will help raise awareness of an important issue amongst men in the sector.
Chris said: “As a predominately male team, we know how difficult it can be for men to open up and talk about their mental health, particularly for those working in the construction sector. We want to do our bit to help reduce the stigma around it, and hopefully raise some vital funds for a great charity.”
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club Charity adds: “Every single day two construction workers take their own life and a fifth of all work related illness is due to stress anxiety or depression. These shocking statistics are a vivid reminder of the difficulties faced by many working in the construction industry every day. Our mission is to ensure that no construction worker is alone in a crisis and we can only achieve that through the invaluable support of companies like RJC, so we wish them the best of luck with their Movember challenge.”
RJC has a target to raise £500 by 30th November. Donations to the RJC Fundraiser can be made via their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rjcmovember