Builders' Benevolent Institution
As one of the leading construction industry trade federations we are proud to support The Builders’ Benevolent Institution (BBI).
The BBI is a registered charity with over 150 years of experience providing financial help and support for recognised Master Builders and their dependents who, through ill health or misfortune, find themselves in need.
As an effectively managed charity every penny received is spent prudently and administration costs are kept to an absolute minimum. This ensures that beneficiaries are given as much help as possible.
The BBI rely entirely on donations from individuals, personal or business donations or as part of subscriptions to us, the National Federation of Builders and the the Federation of Master Builders. Each year there are increasing demands on funds.
These donations maintain the BBI's essential visitor programme where beneficiaries receiving help are seen regularly by a BBI Welfare Officer to ensure their needs are being met and to offer support that includes practical assistance with applications for any relevant state or other benefits.
Beneficiaries normally receive a monthly grant according to their personal circumstances. In addition, the BBI often make occasional one-off grants towards the cost of necessary items such as utility bills, stair lifts, vital home alterations and urgent household repairs.
Making it possible – the generosity of fellow building workers
Without the kindness and generosity of individuals, personal and business donations and the support from both the NFB and the FMB, it would be impossible to provide financial help to the many hundreds of beneficiaries who approach the BBI each year.
Below are examples of the feedback we have received from some of the beneficiaries.
“My husband was a respected builder for many years but is now very ill with multiple sclerosis. He needs constant care so I am no longer able to work – we would be desperate without help from the BBI.”
Margaret & Robert Atkins, Stoke-On-Trent.
“The BBI helped us by providing a new hot water unit when ours failed. The help was much appreciated as my husband is now blind and can no longer deal with domestic repairs.”
Mary & Reginald McCarthy, Peterborough.
“I have been in great need ever since my wife died as I am severely disabled with arthritis. I rely on the help and support I get from the BBI – it’s been a life-saver.”
Donald Ellis, Huddersfield, master builder retired through ill-health.