CABE’s Richard Harral launches cancer charity for the built environment sector

INDUSTRY leaders rallied round to support CABE’s Richard Harral with the launch of a cancer charity offering advice and support to people working in the construction and built environment sectors.

‘We Build the Future’, as the charity is called, will also be doing its bit to help raise money to help fund cancer research.

Founder and trustee, Richard Harral was moved to establish We Build the Future following the death of his father from bladder cancer in 2016. He registered the organisation as a charity in December 2017, and its launch this month marks the culmination of months of hard work.

“One in two people will develop cancer at some stage in their lives,” said Harral, who is technical director at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

“We want to ensure that whatever the circumstances – whether it’s dealing with a personal cancer diagnosis or cancer affecting friends or family – the people in our industry get the support and advice they need. With three million people working in our sector if we all give a little we can transform peoples experience and help more people everywhere beat cancer, sooner.”

Harral was helped to create the charity by Andy von Bradsky, Anthony Burd, Emma Clancy, Paul Everall, and John Tebbit. It will work in partnership with Cancer Research UK and the Lighthouse Club to fulfil three specific objectives:

  • To support people who work in the construction and built environment sector who face the challenge of dealing with cancer in their lives
  • To fund research which can help accelerate improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer
  • To promote health and wellbeing in the construction and built environment sector to help reduce the risk of people developing cancer in the first place

Andy von Bradsky, trustee, said: “I am delighted to be supporting a charity that addresses the health and wellbeing of our disparate, diverse construction workforce, especially the emphasis on preventative advice and promoting healthy lifestyles.”

Fellow trustee, Anthony Burd, who is head of built environment at BSI Standards, said: “Like most people my family has been directly affected by cancer and We Build the Future will help to provide additional support, guidance and the research needed to help tackle the disease. If this wasn’t reason enough, We Build the Future will also allow us to better assist and support those often hard to reach people working in our industry today and in the future.”

Emma Clancy, trustee and chief executive of Certsure, said: “Cancer impacts not just the person who is living with the disease but also their family, friends and even their colleagues. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to say, do or where to turn to for advice. Our hope is that We Build the Future will be a one-stop-shop to help those in the construction industry to learn more about cancer and how – by working together – we can fight it.”

Trustee, Paul Everall, chief executive of LABC, said: “When making site visits, building control professionals see many people vulnerable to cancer, and learn of others who have succumbed. We should do all we can to help.”

Trustee John Tebbit said: “Those of us who work in the construction industry know that it can be a difficult industry to engage with but that it is possible if you know the right way. Cancer Research UK has really good advice, help and research work which We Build the Future can better get to the various parts of our industry. In addition, giving a focus for the industry’s fundraising.”

Caro Evans, director of partnerships at Cancer Research UK, added: “Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen cancer survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. But one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer which means there’s still so much more we need to do.

“We’re proud to be working with We Build the Future. Their passion and ambition to support people within their industry when they’re faced with cancer makes it the perfect fit with Cancer Research UK. Together we can reach even more people with information about cancer and raise more money for vital research.”

Find out more about We Build the Future on its website.



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