‘Band of Builders’ founder wins £50k after being crowned Trade Hero 2017

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Addam Smith, a builder from Lincoln and founder of Band of Builders, has been named winner of the Trade Hero Award in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition 2017.

The Lincoln builder will now receive £50,000 worth of building materials to complete a community renovation project.

Addam Smith and his ‘Band of Builders’ helped to transform the home of their friend, Keith, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

In his memory, the team now has plans to help others by extending the scheme nationwide.

Keith with boss Addam Smith

The Trade Hero category was introduced to the 2017 awards to celebrate those in the construction industry who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make their communities better places to live.

Addam said: “I’m still blown away to have won this award.

“The £50,000 gives us a real kick-start on the projects we’re planning, to help people who really need it.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received and want to thank everybody for their help in getting us such a prestigious award.”

Dave Hill, Branch Manager at Jewson Lincoln, Addam’s local branch, said: “When we launched the Trade Hero category, we knew that we’d see some inspiring stories emerge.

“Addam worked tirelessly to improve the life of his friend, and we’re proud to be supporting the work he will go on to do in memory of Keith.”