We will provide a number of contributions towards the local community as part of the proposed development. Details of these contributions will be agreed with the relevant local authorities at a later stage.
Our donation helps to fund staff training for children’s charity
Kangaroos – a children’s charity based in Haywards Heath – has received a generous donation from us which will go towards covering the costs of important training sessions for its carers.
We have donated £1,000 to the charity, which provides fun activities for children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex medical needs.
Jenni Herrett, Funding and Communications Manager for Kangaroos, says: “We currently run nine different clubs for children and young adults who range in age from as young as six years old through to mid‑30s.
“We host activities and events after school in the evenings, on weekends and during the holidays to help people with a variety of conditions – such as cerebral palsy, autism or learning difficulties.
“At Kangaroos we have fantastic staff in place, but we need additional training so that we can learn how to deal with more conditions, and that will enable us to extend our services to more families in the area.
“We’re currently looking into training for epilepsy to help raise awareness among our staff and train them in the administration of medication for seizures. This training will cost between £700 and £800 per person, and without it we can’t support children with certain needs, so Taylor Wimpey’s donation is really important.”
Kangaroos was established in 1994 and currently has 45 members of staff in total, who host sessions for children and young adults in the Mid Sussex region and surrounding areas.
Jenni continues: “The charity hosts all sorts of activities and classes to help the children, including crafts, cooking, movie nights, theatre trips, bowling, zoo trips and even overnight stays.
“Not only is it a lot of fun for them, but it’s also an opportunity for parents and carers to have a break as the children can be left under our care and supervision. It’s the chance for the children to have lots of new experiences and visit places they potentially couldn’t without our support, which is hugely beneficial for them, as it improves their social skills and helps encourage independence from their parents.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to have this support from Taylor Wimpey – we’re a small charity so it’s great to be picked out and noticed for being worthy of support. It’s given us a great confidence boost and we’d like to say a big thank you.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “We’re delighted to donate to Kangaroos and help this fantastic charity to continue delivering high‑quality care and support to children and families in the local area.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, so we were only too pleased to provide this vital funding and help staff develop much‑needed new skills.”
Our donation helps hospice charity for children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children has received a donation from us to help provide vital care for seriously ill babies and children.
We have donated £500 to the charity to help fund expert nurses and care assistants who support children with life‑limiting or life‑threatening conditions.
Claire Ellis-Waghorn, Acting Director of Voluntary Income at Demelza, says: “As a charity, and not part of the NHS, we must raise over £10.5 million each year to continue providing care to families living in East Sussex, Kent and South East London.
“Taylor Wimpey’s kind gesture will ensure that Demelza can be there from the start, during day‑to‑day family life, times of crisis, and bereavement – not just for children and their parents, but for the wider family too. Every year we deliver this specialist care to hundreds of babies, children and young people.”
The charity has two hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza SEL in Eltham – where children up to the age of 19 receive expert, one-to-one care. This includes respite and symptom management, as well as life-enhancing therapies and facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool and a soft play room.
In East Sussex, the charity offers a hospice at home service, providing care and support in the comfort of a child’s own home.
Claire adds: “Taylor Wimpey has previously donated some of their showhome furniture to one of our charity shops and approached us to offer further support. We’re extremely grateful as it helps validate the work the hospice does in caring for special children.”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We’re honoured to be able to help Demelza Hospice Care for Children and support this wonderful charity and the fantastic work it does.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, and helping the hospice to continue providing its services can make a difference to so many local children and their families.”
Young readers in Haywards Heath start a new chapter thanks to our donation
Children at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School are looking forward to reading some fantastic new books, following a £250 donation from us.
Our donation was all part of World Book Day, a national event which aims to encourage children to enjoy reading, and which this year celebrated its 20th birthday.
Pam Cripps, Headteacher at St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this kind donation.
“It’s great to be able to add to the choice of books on offer in our library for the children to read and it’s also really inspiring for them to see how much a business like Taylor Wimpey values reading.
“Our eager readers are now really looking forward to getting stuck into their new books!”
The 20th annual World Book Day took place on Thursday 2nd March to celebrate authors, illustrators and books, and to get more children reading.
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “Reading is such an important skill, as well as being great fun, so we are delighted to be making this donation to support St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School.
“It’s a great example of the way we are committed to supporting schools and other local organisations within the communities in which we build our new homes. We hope the children really enjoy these new books!”
UCTC students build knowledge with a visit to Greenhill Grange!
We recently hosted a special guided tour of Greenhill Grange for students from Uckfield Community Technology College in East Sussex to give them a behind-the-scenes look at how a 21st century home is constructed.
The college’s Year 10 students, who are taking BTEC Construction as one of their GCSE options, were invited to Greenhill Grange to gain an exclusive insight into the construction industry as they begin thinking about their future career paths.
The group were met by our Site Manager Tony Donnelly and our Sales Executive Richard Sweeting who showed them around the development, giving them the chance to witness every stage of construction and learn more about what it’s like to work on a building site.
The students also explored the stunning showhomes to see for themselves the final finished product!
Karen O’Riley, Careers Coordinator at Uckfield Community Technology College, says: “The visit to Greenhill Grange was a unique opportunity for our students to see the different trades on site and learn about what it’s like to work on a modern and conscientious construction site.
“Our students gained knowledge and learned about up-to-date construction methods, sustainability and site recycling – all of which will be very useful for their course.
“Everyone at Taylor Wimpey made us feel very welcome – I just hope we didn’t eat too many sweets!”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “Here at Taylor Wimpey we feel it’s vital to do everything we can to encourage the next generation to join the trade which is why we invited students from Uckfield Community Technology College to our Greenhill Grange development.
“We are so pleased to hear the students enjoyed their tour of Greenhill Grange and we hope they found the visit helpful – and that we’ve inspired some of them to consider construction for their future careers!”
We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in Haywards Heath to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn by supporting Walk to School Month, which takes place every October.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 100 high-visibility snap bands to St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
According to Living Streets, the charity that organises the Walk to School campaign in the UK, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise (60 minutes of physical activity).
A generation ago, 70% of youngsters walked to school, but now it’s less than half – and during morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.*
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are proud to be supporting Walk to School Month again this year and are delighted to be working in partnership with St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School to help encourage families to leave the car at home and set off for school on foot instead.
“Walking is a great habit for youngsters to get into early in life, so we hope our snap bands will add some fun to the journey to school, as well as keeping them safe on the way.”
Pam Cripps, Headteacher at St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School, says: “Children really do benefit from walking to school – not only is the exercise healthy for them, but it also helps reduce the amount of traffic outside school, which is safer for them too.
“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month among pupils and parents alike.”
* Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk