NASC’s Nominated Charities Big Winners at 2018 Awards & Ball
NASC members converged on Edinburgh on Friday evening for the 2018 Awards & Ball.
The sell-out black tie event, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, saw the 400+ guests treated to champagne and canapés upon arrival, followed by a fine-dining three-course meal and a wealth of top-class after-dinner entertainers.
The newly-expanded NASC Awards ceremony – hosted by acclaimed TV presenter and former international gymnast Gabby Logan – formed the centrepiece of the evening, with winners of seven categories revealed.
GKR Scaffolding Ltd emerged as the night’s big winners, taking home both the Innovation and Health & Safety (67+ Employees) awards as well a runner-up in the Project of the Year (£5 million + turnover) category, which was won by PHD Modular Access.
For a full list of award winners click here.
The tone was set for the evening by electronic string quartet Escala, with the Britain’s Got Talent finalists opening and closing the awards ceremony.
Actress, comedian, impressionist and singer Debra Stephenson served as the evening’s headline act, delivering a set filled with her impersonations of celebrities such as Davina McCall, Theresa May, Jo Brand and even Donald Trump.
Despite the impressive line-up and prestigious awards ceremony, the highlight of the night was inarguably the generous attendees, who helped raise more than £50,000 for charity, which will be split between the Lighthouse Club and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “It was a fantastic evening. The planned elements of the evening were incredibly well-received, from the keenly contested awards to the night’s entertainment.
“What was more pleasing for me was the element outside of our control; the charity auction. The five lots drew bids far exceeding their reserve prices, and this total was boosted further by a number of members who donated significant sums of money on the night.
“We could not possibly have expected to raise such a large amount for the two nominated charities and would like to thank the members for their generosity.”
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club, said: “It was a magnificent event and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I cannot believe how generous the membership and their guests were in raising such an incredible amount on the evening.
“100% of this donation will go towards supporting our Construction Industry Helpline and supporting our construction workforce and their families in crisis.”
Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, added: “We were overwhelmed by the kindness of NASC members. To receive a donation of more than £25,000 was completely unexpected.
“It is only through donations such as this that we are able us to continue to provide vital services and support to life-limited children and their families.”
The 2019 Awards & Ball will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. Further details will be announced in due course.