We’re proudly supporting work to build a school for children in Kenya
We have teamed up with our colleagues at Taylor Wimpey North Thames to sponsor a volunteer from Biggleswade who is taking part in an expedition next year to continue building a new school for children in Kenya.
Luke Newman celebrating Taylor Wimpey's donation.
We’ve donated £500 to Luke Newman (35) who is travelling with his father Steve and son Reece in May 2017 to volunteer with African Adventures, the UK’s leading volunteer travel organisation, and Derby County Community Trust.
“This is the fourth time I will volunteer in Kenya with African Adventures, and I’ll be travelling with my dad and son along with around 50 other volunteers,” explains Luke.
“I decided to start doing this after seeing footage on TV from Children in Need and Comic Relief showing the deprived areas and poor conditions people live in, so I really wanted to help out.”
Luke, Steve and Reece will travel from their hometown to spend two weeks in Kenya.
“We’re going there to help continue building work at St. Trizah School in Nakuru, which has been under development for the past three years,” says Luke. “The school now has eight classrooms, a kitchen and an office, so as part of next year’s trip we’ll be helping to build more classrooms and hopefully a dormitory.
“This will be extremely important, as approximately a fifth of the 450 pupils have to live at the school for various reasons, in some cases because they’ve lost their family, so this is a massive development.”
Our donation has been very welcomed by Luke, as it helps cover some of the costs of the trip.
“It costs £2,500 per person to travel, so this £500 donation will go a long way towards helping us reach our target as already it’s a fifth of the amount needed for one of us, which takes a lot of the burden off our shoulders,” Luke continues.
“With Taylor Wimpey being a housebuilder in the UK it’s great for them to support us so we can help build schools and communities over 4,000 miles away in Africa.”
The family will be hosting various fundraising events over the coming months to help generate the remainder of the money needed.
“One of the main events we’re hosting is a black tie ball on Saturday 8th October at the Holiday Inn Garden Court in Sandy, which will feature a three-course meal, an auction, a raffle and entertainment,” adds Luke.
The trips to Kenya have had a big impact on Luke and his family.
He concludes: “This expedition is an amazing thing to do – it’s the sixth time my dad has been to Kenya and for Reece, who’s 17 years old, it’ll be his first experience.
“We’re over the moon that Taylor Wimpey have kindly offered to help – I will be wearing a t-shirt in Kenya with their logo on to show that I’m proudly sponsored by Taylor Wimpey. The donation will make a huge difference to me and my family and we’re very grateful.”
Gareth Jacob, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, says: “As a responsible housebuilder, it’s important to us that we can help not only the communities where we build our new homes, but also help local people with charitable activities both at home and abroad – and the Newmans’ expedition is an extremely worthy cause.”
Biggleswade is a historic market town which lies to the South East of Bedford in the heart of the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. The Market Square provides a focal point for the town and hosts a weekly market, held every Saturday.
- Weekly Saturday markets
- High street and independent shops
- Restaurants and pubs
- Health and leisure facilities and pool
- Good choice of schools for children of all ages
- Retail Park approximately 1 mile from the development
Close to the development is the Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre which hosts a gym, swimming pool, crèche and many other facilities. Just 1 mile from Bramble Chase is Biggleswade Train Station which offers speedy access to London Kings Cross in under 45 minutes.