Cakes, beards, and the auction to end all auctions


Band of Builders cake

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.

Keith's cake

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 journey in Lincoln, landing on December 17 just in time for our biggest event yet - a charity auction and beard shave.

In a first for Band of Builders, we held our first charity auction which was streamed to not one - but two - Facebook live streams, reaching more than 330,000 people.

Thanks to the generosity of so many supporters, we had a great range of lots from DeWalt and Makita drills to DAB radios, tools and our own Band of Builders mechandise.

Band of Builders charity auction

Alongside the auction, Addam finally shaved his carefully-cultivated beard to raise more cash for the fund - with a few key BoB supporters joining in to have all sorts shaved.

Again, we were absolutely blown away by people's generosity, and we raised a huge £8,500 for Keith's fund.

Addam Smith charity beard shave

Addam said: "It's been a busy few weeks but again, I can't believe what we've achieved thanks to people's generosity.

"To send a cake across the UK to as many places as we did takes some serious teamwork and that's what Band of Builders is all about  - a gang of lads each doing their little bit to achieve something great and help someone. 

"The charity auction was a night none of us will forget and we're over the moon by how much we raised for Keith's fund. I've said it before and I'll say it again - our aim is to buy Keith's house for him and we won't stop until we manage that."

If you want to donate to Keith's fund, visit the GoFundMe page here and keep an eye on our social media channels - we've got something exciting coming up.....