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RIP Keith Ellick 1974-2017

Band of Builders is sad to share the news that Keith Ellick lost his fight with cancer on Monday, March 27th, 2017, passing away peacefully at Lincoln County Hospital at the age of 42 holding his wife Sasha's hand. Keith was a loving father, husband, friend and colleague who not only served his country as a member of the RAF Regiment but carried out subsequent jobs in security, landscaping and construction with the same commitment and drive that he approached everything with. Addam Smith, who organised the renovation of Keith's house last year and fundraising drive to buy it for him and his family, said: “Keith was a friend, husband, daddy, veteran and the best grafter I’ve ever worked with....

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Cakes, beards, and the auction to end all auctions

In case you hadn't noticed, we've been a bit busy here at BoB HQ. It's been an amazing year that's seen Band of Builders grow out of one man's simple desire to help his friend. We can't believe the support we've had from so many people, and every day we get closer and closer to achieving Addam's aim of buying Keith's house. Over the past few weeks, a personalised cake has travelled further than most cakes will ever go. The Christmas cake made specially for Keith started its life in Middlesbrough before travelling across the UK via 'builder courier' - taking in London, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, and the south coast. Check out its journey here. The cake finished its epic...

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Band of Builders gets the thumbs up from Nick Knowles

At Band of Builders, we're over the moon that we've had a bit of celebrity endorsement - from the king of DIY SOS himself. Months ago, this all started with a real-life DIY SOS involving builders from across the country, led by Addam Smith, who carried out a full renovation of Keith's home in Lincoln. If you've followed our story (and if you haven't, take a look at the 'Keith's story' page to find out more), you'll know that project has grown into something much bigger - the Band of Builders. We're still undergoing our own fundraising to buy Keith's house for him, but we also want to help other people, so a gang of our own 'band' - including...

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Band of Builders' Addam Smith receives Special Recognition Award

If you follow Band of Builders on social media, you might have noticed a few pictures of Addam Smith suited and booted at an awards ceremony. Addam was invited to attend the On The Tools 2016 awards - which celebrate and reward construction workers, sub contractors, tools and equipment manufacturers and construction companies from across the UK - in what he thought was just a nice gesture from an organisation that has already helped Band of Builders hugely. Little did he know that he was going to be presented with a Special Recognition award in honour of all the work he has put in to raise money for his friend and colleague Keith Ellick. As he received the accolade at...

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Band of Builders Launches Fundraising Workwear Gear

A tradesman who orchestrated a real-life DIY SOS-style makeover for his cancer-stricken friend 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 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...

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