A Lincolnshire woman stepped up to the mark and took control of her family’s painting and decorating business after he became seriously ill.
Now Lucy Goldsmith (21), of Bourne, has been awarded the Daily Mirror Hero of Construction prize at the prestigious Pride of Construction ceremony.
The best part of the awards was to hear my dad say how proud he is of me.Lucy Goldsmith
It is the annual industry prize-giving run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Lucy was a second year apprentice at K Goldsmith and Daughters when her father Kenny had a triple heart bypass.
As well as going to college and working all day every day, Lucy put her social life on hold to concentrate on the family business at evenings and weekends.
She undertook quotes for clients, took stock counts, negotiated with suppliers to arrange grace periods for payments, interviewed and employed extra painters and labourers, managed the accounts and carried out administrative work.
After the ceremony, Lucy said: “The best part of the awards was to hear my dad say how proud he is of me, it means the world.
“Taking on my dad’s business when he was sick was tough but he would have died inside if I didn’t step in and sort things out.
Her sister Emma said: “Lucy realised if she didn’t act, the business would fold. It was amazing how she stepped up to the mark and took over the running of the business.”
“Her social life and everything else was put on hold and, for a 21-year-old that is a massive sacrifice.
“Thanks to Lucy, dad has been able to slowly get back into work at his own pace, his reputation is still intact, the business turnover has tripled in one year and the firm is more widely visible because she’s organised advertising and social media.
“Lucy is highly respected and loved by all of us, we’re very proud of her and it’s a joy to see my little sister grow and be the best she can be.”
Steve Radley, policy director at CITB, said: “Lucy is truly an inspiration and fully deserved the Daily Mirror Hero of Construction prize. Not only did Lucy keep her father’s company going, she tripled the business turnover. It’s so important for us to recognise Lucy’s achievements, in order to encourage more people just like her to take up a rewarding career in construction. I’d like to congratulate her and her family on this award and wish them all the luck for the future.”
This year’s ceremony, which was hosted in London by television personality Alistair McGowan, arrives at an exciting time for the construction industry, with 15,000 jobs forecast to be created in the East Midlands over the next five years.