Prop-con obstacle event raises £31k for mental health charity – The Pagabo Foundation

Members of Pagabo, The 55 Group and teams across our eco-system have put their bodies on the line to raise funds and awareness around mental health issues within the industry by taking part in the Feelgood Games. With 130 people taking part across two days, the group has ultimately raised £31,000 for The Pagabo Foundation.

With people from industry-leading companies including Faithful + Gould, Pick Everard and Ashe, participants teamed up to take on an intensive obstacle course at the event, which took place alongside the UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) in Leeds.

The Pagabo Foundation launched the Feelgood Games to encourage actions as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting improved mental health within the construction industry. The fitness initiative aimed to get the industry moving, highlighting the value of exercise in maintaining better mental health.

Jason Stapley, our managing director and lead for the Pagabo Foundation, said: “We’ve had such a good time bringing people together for the Feelgood Games, but even more we’re thrilled to see people really getting behind our aim – and to raise such an extraordinary amount of money from the event is the cherry on the cake.

“The construction industry has long needed to address its mental health epidemic, with latest research carried out by the CIOB revealing that 26 per cent of professionals thought about taking their own lives in 2019.

“The Pagabo Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to provide support and training designed to improve the industry’s overall wellbeing. We stand in a position to bring everyone together in the industry to improve the way things are done to reduce stresses and other factors that impact mental health – but we need to tackle this together.”

Participants worked on a group basis, ranked on their collective time to complete the course, with Lindum Group being the quickest. To reflect the need for the industry to work together to create change for mental health, teams were also ranked on their collective approach to completing the course, with Vinci Construction being noted as the most collaborative.

The Feelgood Games was sponsored by Faithful + Gould, Edge, Delineo, YourIT, Ashe, BPL, Red Kite Learning Trust, Education Alliance, Morgan Sindall, Maven Investment Partners, Cartwright Communications, Henry Boot Developments and Yondr.

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Feelgood Games launched by Pagabo Foundation to tackle mental health

We are pleased to share the news that we have launched the Feelgood Games, to encourage action as part of our commitment to supporting improved mental health within the construction industry.




The fitness initiative aims to get the construction industry moving and highlight the value of exercise in maintaining better mental health.

We’re calling for volunteers to sign up, whether that be by spreading the message or by enrolling a team to take on an obstacle course challenge set to take place alongside The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) in May.

Jason Stapley, managing director at Pagabo and lead for the Pagabo Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to fire the starting pistol to mark the beginning of the Feelgood Games.

“Building mental health awareness is The Pagabo Foundation’s key message and this latest initiative will continue to increase our impact.

“We realise that while not everyone enjoys doing the same kind of exercise, the benefits that come from any activity is worth encouraging. The team building challenge we have planned during UKREiiF is an ideal opportunity for people across the industry to get involved and loosen up for a vitally important cause.

“It takes bravery to speak up but we’re hoping to engage with even more business leaders who have a platform to lead by example and involve staff in their journey through the games. As well as the final event taking place in Leeds, we’re urging companies to document their favourite ways to get active and share internally and externally.”


With the most recent construction industry research carried out by the CIOB finding that 26 per cent of professionals thought about taking their own lives in 2019* the Pagabo Foundation is underpinned by the aim to put every construction employee through mental health first aid training so that it will become easier to spot and help those struggling at work.

Christine Hartigan, senior associate at SPACE & PLACE (S&P) and Pagabo Foundation trustee, said: “Having been a Pagabo Foundation trustee since 2020, it’s very exciting to now have the opportunity to properly bring people together following the restrictions we have all encountered throughout the pandemic.

“The Games have been developed by our team of passionate and caring mental health advocates, but it’s the wider support and engagement from across the construction industry that will help us drive forward awareness, profile and signposting of the issue.”


Rob Hall cycles the country for Pagabo Foundation


Rob Hall, framework director of Morgan Sindall, is taking on the fearsome task of cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. The route is over 970 gruelling miles across nine days, with a climb of up to 52,529ft and all in aid of our charity, the Pagabo Foundation.


What is the Pagabo Foundation?

With the global stigma surrounding mental health slowly being broken down, one sector in which this continues to remain an ever-prominent issue is the construction industry. As an organisation with a large presence within the sector, we have created our foundation in the hope of uniting our key partners and setting out initiatives to tackle these issues head-on.

Signposting and funding existing charities is an essential part of what we do through the Pagabo Foundation. We also ensure financial support is made available to SMEs and other organisations working in the construction industry, providing a platform for greater future support for construction workers.

Rob Hall says: “The Pagabo Foundation is a great cause, and I am excited to cycle to raise much needed funds and make a difference within our industry. Mental health is so important and something that is often overlooked. I would be so grateful for any donations to my Just Giving page.“


When will this event take place? 

From 4th September, Rob will begin his nine-day journey from Land’s End.
Keep an eye on the Pagabo and Morgan Sindall social channels to keep up with his progress!


How to get involved

If you would like to get involved with Rob’s Cycle, you can leave a donation on his Just Giving Page and if you donate over £1k before 5th August you can get your company logo on his jersey! Email us at for more information