Young readers in Berkhamsted start a new chapter thanks to our donation
Children at Westfield Primary School and Nursery are looking forward to reading some fantastic new books following a £150 donation from us.
Our donation will go towards funding some new books for the school library and 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.
Suzanne Stace, Headteacher at Westfield Primary School and Nursery, 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.
Jack Costello, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “Reading is such an important skill, as well as being great fun, so we were delighted to make this donation to support Westfield Primary School and Nursery.
“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!”
The Hospice of St Francis celebrates being our 2017 charity of the year
We have gifted Berkhamsted based charity, The Hospice of St Francis, a cheque for £27,300 after choosing them as our charity of the year for 2017.
This is the highest donation the hospice has ever received from a charity of the year partnership and the funds will go towards converting and transforming its Spring Centre into a space to deliver essential rehabilitation for patients in a comfortable environment. Throughout 2017 we held a golf day, an easter raffle, a poker night and a number of dress down days to raise money for the hospice.
The Hospice of St Francis provides free, expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in West Hertfordshire and South Buckinghamshire. It also supports their families, carers and those close to them as Kate Phipps-Wiltshire, CEO at The Hospice of St Francis confirms: “For those who use our services, the care we provide is invaluable and our services help entire families during what is a very difficult time. To be chosen as Taylor Wimpey North Thames’ charity for 2017 was absolutely amazing news. Their donation will make a huge difference and will help us to continue and further our work going forward into 2018.”
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “At Taylor Wimpey North Thames we are committed to supporting charities local to the areas in which we are building. In 2017 we selected The Hospice of St Francis as the charity to benefit from our support. We all know the Hospice does fantastic work locally, helping people at home, at the charity’s health and wellbeing Spring Centre and at the Hospice itself, to improve and maintain their quality of life. As a result of our fundraising we were delighted to be able to present the charity with a cheque and hope that our donation will help to maintain the amazing services the Hospice offers.”
Berkhamsted Air Cadets win our community chest jackpot
Air cadets in Berkhamsted have received a cash injection through a charity initiative which we ran in partnership with the Berkhamsted and Tring Gazette.
1113 Berkhamsted Squadron of the Air Training Corps organises a wide range of engaging and challenging activities for local youngsters and has been awarded £500 after being voted the winner of our Community Chest initiative which invited readers of the Berkhamsted and Tring Gazette to nominate a worthwhile local cause to receive a cash grant from us.
Flt Lt Chris Brooks, Commanding Officer of the squadron, says: “We’re very grateful for the funding we’ve received from Taylor Wimpey.
“We’ve recently had a big increase in numbers, which is fantastic news, but does mean we were in need of additional funding to support the activities that our cadets undertake.
“For example, we provide outdoor camping equipment such as rucksacks, tents, compasses and stoves to enable the cadets to take part in the bronze Duke of Edinburgh scheme, so this grant will be incredibly useful.”
The air cadets meet at the ATC headquarters in the grounds of Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm and enjoy a variety of weekend activities including flying, gliding, shooting, marching and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
The squadron also offers First Aid qualifications, BTECs, adventure training, annual week-long camps and a whole range of sporting opportunities. The group is currently looking for more adult volunteers – especially women – to assist with the cadets’ learning, with full training provided.
Jack Costello, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We’re absolutely delighted to name Berkhamsted Air Cadets as the beneficiary of the Community Chest funding.
“The squadron provides a wonderful range of activities for older children in the area and we’re thrilled that with our help it will be able to purchase additional equipment.
“We’d like to thank all the people who nominated and voted for charitable organisations and community groups that are doing such valuable work in the Berkhamsted area.”
We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in Berkhamsted to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn and winter.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 250 high-visibility snap bands to Westfield Primary School and Nursery 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 UK charity Living Streets, 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.*
Jack Costello, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Westfield Primary School and Nursery 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.”
Suzanne Stace, Headteacher at Westfield Primary School and Nursery, 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
Berkhamsted Lions Summer Fete boosted by our sponsorship
We were one of a number of local businesses who provided sponsorship to the Berkhamsted Lions Club’s summer fete, which took place on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.
The event helped to raise funds for a number of local charities including Age Decorum UK, Swan Youth Centre and Berkhamsted Under 5’s Group.
Our Sales Executive Jason (left) pictured with Peter Block, President of the Berkhamsted Lions Club
Berkhamsted Lions Club Member, Emma Pearce, helped to organise the event and says: “The fete has been running for over 20 years and receives sponsorship from many local businesses to help cover the overhead costs. It’s brilliant to have had Taylor Wimpey and our other supporters the Kings Arms, Tring Brewery, Castles Estate Agents, Clarke & Marshall and Smashing Windows, on board and supporting the local area.”
The Berkhamsted Lions Summer Fete was a fun-filled day for all the family with a selection of stalls, real ales from the local Tring Brewery and a dog show.
“It makes a big difference having local companies supporting us as it means that we can give more back to the charities that we support,” adds Emma.
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities where we build our new homes, so we were delighted to offer our support to the Berkhamsted Lions Summer Fete and these amazing local causes.
“We hope that our donation, and that of the fete’s other sponsors, has helped Berkhamsted Lions to raise lots of money for their chosen charities.”
Our site manager Tim wins prestigious house-building award!
Tim Scott, our site manager at Bearroc Park, is celebrating after winning a top national house-building award – his first such award.
Tim beat off stiff competition from around 16,000 other Site Managers to be honoured with an NHBC (National House-Building Council) Pride in the Job Quality Award.
Pride in the Job Quality Awards are presented following a stringent judging process by NHBC inspectors who perform spot checks and continuous assessment of developments throughout the year.
The award recognises Tim’s consistent dedication to building high-quality homes for new homebuyers and provides purchasers with the assurance that Bearroc Park provides top-quality properties and excellent customer service.
Alex Richards, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, said: “I’d like to congratulate Tim for winning a Quality Award – his success is thoroughly deserved and we’ll all be supporting him as he progresses through to the regional heats and hopefully to the grand final in London.
“Here at Taylor Wimpey North Thames, we are committed to maintaining the highest levels of quality and customer service, and we’re delighted that Tim’s dedication to the job has been recognised in this way.”
Pride in the Job is the only UK-wide awards scheme that recognises the significant contribution of Site Managers who achieve the highest standards in new home construction.
The scheme has been instrumental in raising the build quality of new homes in the UK for over three decades.
We put our best feet forward for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind
A number of us here at Taylor Wimpey North Thames recently set out from our office in Borehamwood for a 5km walk in aid of the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
We recently completed a sponsored walk to raise money for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
The walk took place on Friday 30th October and involved six members of our staff who raised an incredible £1,300 for the charity.
They included our Sales and Marketing Director Christine Scarborough, who walked the route dressed as our Taylor Tiger mascot!
Christine says: “I’d like to congratulate all the Taylor Wimpey North Thames staff who took part in our 5km sponsored walk. Yet again, they’re raised an amazing amount of money for this fantastic non-profit organisation, which improves the lives of so many people.
“The walk was great fun and we’re looking forward to our next fundraising event for such a worthwhile charity.”
This is the latest in a series of successful fundraising events we have organised for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind. Throughout the year we have hosted various activities to raise much-needed funds, including an auction, a football tournament and a golf day, and have recently handed over £32,000 to the charity.
Our fundraising generates thousands for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind
The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind has received a cash donation worth thousands of pounds, following a series of successful fundraising events we have organised this year including an auction, a football tournament and a golf day.
We recently handed over a cheque for £32,000 to theHertfordshire Society for the Blind.
On Friday 9th October, representatives from the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind visited our head office in Borehamwood to receive the donation, which has reached a grand total of £32,000 so far this year.
Ron Pickford, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, says: “I’m speechless – what a staggering amount of money! A massive thank you to the team at Taylor Wimpey North Thames and their contractors and suppliers for the outstanding support and generosity in this, the Society’s centenary year.
“This will make a huge difference to the work of the Society, in particular it has allowed us to recruit an additional Outreach Support Worker to meet the growing demand for our services in supporting people in need in our community and a whole lot more – we need to take our time to work out how best to deploy these funds”.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “I’m extremely proud that together we have raised a phenomenal amount of money for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
“We never expected that we would be donating as much as £32,000, so to reach such a high figure is absolutely fantastic. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has helped in supporting our efforts.”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, adds: “This fantastic non-profit organisation improves the lives of so many people that we feel it’s extremely important for us to offer them help, and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in our fundraising.
“We’re thrilled with the amount of money we’ve raised for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind so far this year, and we intend to continue our hard work!”
Taylor Tiger helps Woburn Safari Park raise funds for conservation projects in the wild
Our tiger mascot Taylor Tiger joined forces with his mascot colleagues, Tala from Woburn Safari Park and Welford from Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, at a charity weekend to help raise funds for endangered tigers in the wild.
Taylor Tiger joined forces with his mascot colleague Tala from Woburn Safari Park to help raise funds for endangered tigers in the wild.
The three mascots attended a special charity event at Woburn Safari Park to support the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance’s Amur Tiger Conservation Project.
Taylor Wimpey North Thames’ support for the event is part of an ongoing partnership with Woburn which earlier this year saw the leading local housebuilder renew its sponsorship of the safari park’s Amur tiger house for the next three years.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We were delighted to support the Amur Tiger Charity Weekend at Woburn.
“The event raised vital funds for the Amur Tiger Conservation Project as well as awareness of this beautiful species – and it was great fun for all the visitors to the park!”
Drew Mullin, General Manager of Woburn Safari Park says: “Everyone involved in the fundraising had a fantastic time. Tala and her new friends; Welford and Taylor, all helped put the fun into fundraising! The initial count of monies shows we’ll have raised significant funds for the ALTA charity.”