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Building site manager's generous donation

Kelly Ford with Martyn Robson
Building site manager Kelly Ford is pictured handing over a cheque to Thames Reach's business development manager Martyn Robson.

17 October 2014

A building site manager has generously donated a £250 award to Thames Reach, after working with formerly homeless apprentices on the development of the Thames Reach Employment Academy.

Kelly Ford, who works for Lakehouse, the construction company behind the development of the Employment Academy in Camberwell, won the award for his idea to improve health and safety training at Lakehouse.

Kelly said: “My time working on the development of the Employment Academy will always stay with me. It is clear to me that Thames Reach practice what they preach, as was made very clear to me by the opportunities to work on the development of the Employment Academy provided to vulnerable people and those who have experienced homelessness.

“Paul O’Keefe, who worked on Employment Academy as one of ten apprentices from the local community, has gone from strength-to-strength and I am still his foreman two years later. When I received my award I immediately thought of Thames Reach. It is my pleasure to donate my award to them.”

Thames Reach’s business development manager, Martyn Robson, said: “A big thank you to Kelly and to Lakehouse for their generosity and continuous support. Donations such as Kelly’s make all the difference to the success of our work.”