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BAND OF BUILDERS Launches fundraising work wear range for fellow St Helenian employee

A tradesman who orchestrated a real-life DIY SOS-style makeover for his cancer-stricken friend who originated from St Helena has launched a workwear range to continue his fundraising drive.

Addam Smith posted a heartfelt video on the Builders Talk Group that led to fellow tradesmen and people from across the world donating thousands of pounds to help his employee and friend Keith Ellick (from St Helena) after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The landscaper and former Grenadier Guard also organised a week-long revamp of Keith’s council-owned home, carried out by fellow tradesmen who travelled from across the country to help.

The project hit the headlines across the world, gaining celebrity support and earning the group the title ‘Band of Builders’.

What followed was a new aim to raise £100,000 so Addam and his fellow fundraisers can buy Keith’s home for him, securing his family’s future in the event of his death.

To achieve that goal, Addam is now taking things a step further and has launched a range of workwear to raise funds to #givekeithalift. bobworkwear3

“When I started this, I just wanted to help my mate but the support from builders and members of the public across the country – even the world – has been incredible,” he said.

“Our aim now is that every building site will have Band of Builders gear so we can spread the word, get more support and raise the money Keith needs to buy his house and have peace of mind that his family will be okay when he’s gone.”

The Band of Builders workwear range includes t-shirts, hoodies, beanies, tape measures, mugs and hi-viz jackets. They can all be purchased through the website www.bandofbuilders.com.

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Band of Builders work wear just for Builders

Any profit made through the sales of products will go into the fund set up to help Keith Ellick.

But once the £100,000 target is reached, Addam plans to continue to raise funds to help other tradesmen who find themselves on hard times.

“We’ve seen what we can do to help one guy, we could do this to help people all over the place.

“Band of Builders has captured people’s imagination and shown just how much generosity there is out there, so we can really go somewhere with this.

“I want to create a community of people across the country. They might not know each other, but when they see someone else in Band of Builders gear they’ll know they’re all wearing it for the same reasons.”

Alongside the sale of workwear, the group have started a Facebook campaign to spread the word about their efforts, posting pictures of themselves with the slogan ‘I Lifted Keith’.

Contributed by Ellen Manning edited for St Helena local


Support to Lift Keith continues and Keith marries his partner Sasha.

Back in May we contributed to the fascinating story about how a group of builders and tradesmen led by Adam Smith from Lincoln UK, help ex-serviceman and fellow St Helenian Keith Ellick by renovating his house and garden shortly after he was told the news that he was diagnosed with cancer.

Many of you who will recall Adam Smith who owns ALS fencing and landscaping as well as a member of the 18000 member Facebook group “builders talk forum” has continued to support Keith through his illness and is determined to help raise funding to buy Keith’s House.

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Band of Builders clothing is now available for sale. every order that is processed attracts a donation of £5.00

Addam who originally setup https://www.gofundme.com/Liftkeith has recently produced a logo with the title “Band of Builders/lift Keith” has teamed up with a printing firm from Lincoln http://www.printzuk.co.uk/  to print the newly designed  logo onto tradesmen work clothing such as hoodies, T-shirts and high viz waistcoats.

The work clothing with the new logo is now available for sale to the tradesmen and the general public and every order that is processed attracts a donation of £5 to the lift Keith fund. The T-shirts which cost £10, Hoodies £20.00 and the high viz waistcoats that cost £5.00 are available to buy from http://www.printzuk.co.uk/  a minimum of two garments are accepted, orders can only be taken via the telephone however it is thought that online ordering will be available soon.

Keith and Sasha Ellick
Keith and Sasha tied the knot today at a wedding ceremony in Lincoln UK.


Another successful event that raised funds for the lift Keith fund was held on Saturday night at the Regent Hotel in Swindon Wiltshire UK, this event was well attended with over 120 people attending and was organised by Nick and Kaylee Crowie.

Keith who is doing well and responding to his treatment has reached another milestone event today as he married his partner Sasha in a low-key ceremony which took place at 12 noon in Lincoln.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Keith and Sasha’s family and friends and invited guest along with a special guest Addam Smith and his family who is the founder and motivator behind the lift Keith Fund.  Also attending were some of the builders that helped to renovate Keith’s house, there was also a surprise visit from the RAF Regiment who were formed the guard of honour.  Addam mention in his update earlier this evening that during the entire event there was not a dry tear in the house today.




Photo’s supplied by Addam Smith.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish (below) Keith and Sasha all the very best for future.