Daughter who saved dad’s business a ‘hero’

Lucy hard at work running the family business
Lucy hard at work running the family business
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A young woman from Bourne who stepped in to run her family’s painting and decorating business after her dad became seriously ill, has been named ‘Hero of Construction’ at a national ceremony.

Lucy Goldsmith, 22, has been awarded the Daily Mirror Hero of Construction prize at the prestigious Pride of Construction ceremony, the annual industry prize-giving run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Lucy Goldsmith with her award EMN-150212-140523001

Lucy Goldsmith with her award EMN-150212-140523001

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.

Lucy has just completed her Level 3 apprenticeship and is looking into courses to increase knowledge in more specialist areas of painting and decorating such as heritage. Recently, she has mentored a 16-year-old who had been excluded from school.

This year’s ceremony, which was hosted by television personality Alistair McGowan, took place at the Natural History Museum in London on Wednesday, last week.

Lucy said: “I’m ecstatic to win this award. I didn’t think I was going to win – it’s a massive shock. It’s so nice to be recognised for my hard work. 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. The best part of the awards was to hear my dad say how proud he is of me, it means the world.”