Ben Chambers, Founder of
To coincide with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we decided to announce in conjunction with construction mental health charity Mates in Mind, we as Demolition Hub have created the demolition-specific mental health fund, ‘DEMOLISTEN’.
I am proud to be the Publisher of Demolition Hub magazine; I have got to know a lot of people in the industry, many of whom have been featured over the sixteen issues. Many of you are now friends, some now even return my calls.
I enjoy conducting site visits with ever more contractors, learning about and publicising your work all the while building and maintaining relationships.
We have been well supported and as we approach our third anniversary with our reach ever growing it is time for us to put something back, in line with our #championingdemoliton mantra.
In light of the prevalence of mental health issues in the industry, including suicide, the objective of DEMOLISTEN is to support those working in demolition.
We are not here to rip up the rule book and do things differently. We think Mates in Mind has got it spot on. Our role is to help them in targeting demolition.
All monies raised under the DEMOLISTEN banner will go directly to Mates in Mind. We want to use our demolition reach to get behind the only mental health charity specifically for the UK construction industry and to listen to those otherwise suffering in silence. Ultimately, this means saving lives.
So, I ask readers, contractors, OEMs, ISPs, associations and individuals to help make this a huge success for this industry. The dedicated website is in development, but keep checking in (www.demolisten.info) and for now please register your interest with me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we work around how you can support DEMOLISTEN.
Initially we want to offer three recognised tiers for those wanting to support DEMOLISTEN on an ongoing basis
• GOLD – £2,000 per year,
• SILVER – £1,000 per year,
• BRONZE – £500 per year.
Mates in Mind will receive 100% of your donation. The DEMOLISTEN banner allows us all to be able to see what the UK demolition industry has raised.
Those choosing to donate on an annual basis will receive branding for email signatures, signage for vehicles and hoardings as well as being listed on the DEMOLISTEN website.
There are a few more things to sort out but it was important to get this out during Mental Health Awareness Week. There will be further details about the fund and how you can get involved in June’s Demolition Hub.
This leaves me to thank Managing Director of Mates in Mind, Sarah Meek for sharing Demolition Hub’s vision of a dedicated fund for the demolition industry.
Mates in Mind: www.matesinmind.org | Demolition Hub: www.demolitionhub.com
Supported by all at Demolition Hub and Mates in Mind.