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.”
We help Aldington Primary School to celebrate the summer!
We have recently donated £250 towards Aldington Primary School’s annual summer fete which, this year, took place on Sunday 26th June.
Sandra MacCourt, headteacher at Aldington Primary School, says: “We look forward to hosting our summer fete every year – it’s a fantastic event for the whole village to enjoy and our Parents, Teachers and Friends Association always do a fabulous job of organising it.
Pupils from Aldington Primary School were delighted with our £250 fundraising boost
“Donations like this are essential in order for us to keep running the event. We’d like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their generous contribution.”
The entertainment on offer at the space themed fete included; Marli the magician, space laboratory experiments, train rides, tombola’s, face painting, as well as a barbecue, bar and other refreshments.
This isn’t the first time we have helped Aldington Primary School – last October we provided 100 high-visibility slap bands to the school to encourage pupils to walk to school and help keep them safe on the journey, as part of national Walk to School Month.
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we were delighted to make this donation to Aldington Primary School’s summer fete.
“We hope everyone had a great time at this popular event and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the school as our Lyons Gate development takes shape.”
Slap band donation reflects our support for Walk to School Campaign
We are helping to shine a light on the importance of leaving the car at home and walking to school this autumn by supporting Walk to School Month. This takes place every October and encourages parents to walk their children to school instead of travelling by car.
Pupils at Aldington Primary School will be safer on their walk to school
We are working in partnership with schools to support the initiative by supplying pupils with high-visibility slap bands to wear during the darker autumn and winter months.
The aim of the campaign is to promote healthy lifestyles – especially in the light of growing concern about levels of childhood obesity and fitness – and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
We have provided 100 slap bands to encourage pupils at Aldington Primary School in Aldington to walk to school – and help keep them safe on the journey. It is part of a campaign that will see more than 12,000 slap bands provided to children across the country.
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our high-quality new homes, which is why we are working in partnership with Aldington Primary School as part of Walk to School Month.
“We understand that family life can be busy, but walking to school is one of the easiest ways for children to increase their level of physical activity and get fit. We hope our contribution will help inspire families to swap the car for a safe walk to school instead.”
Sandra MacCourt, headteacher at Aldington Primary School, says: “We encourage the children to walk to school to promote a healthier lifestyle and to reduce traffic outside the school. 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.”
Walk to School Month is an annual nationwide campaign that promotes the benefits of walking to school, which results in healthier young people and less traffic on the roads.
Economic Benefits – During Construction
New Homes Bonus
The Government has announced £917 million of New Homes Bonus allocations for 2014 to 2015 – an initiative that enables local authorities to share in the economic benefits that development brings. Through the scheme, the Government will provide additional funding or a ‘bonus’ by match funding the council tax raised from the building of new homes (with an additional amount for affordable homes) for six years.
Our proposed development of twenty seven (no.41) new homes in Wye and will deliver a New Homes Bonus payment of approximately £357,000 over a six year period.
Section 106 Contributions
Section 106 planning agreements are a way of housebuilders supporting the delivery of local services or addressing matters that are important to local communities – they are intended to deal with requirements specifically in relation to an individual scheme. They are used for facilities such as public transport, roads, leisure (including, for example, play areas), education,
health and affordable housing.
Employment Generation and Job Creation
Research by Michael Ball, Professor of Urban and Property Economics at the University of Reading suggests that every new home built creates 1.5 full time “direct jobs”. Furthermore, it is estimated by the Home Builders Federation that an additional three jobs are created indirectly through the supply chain.
Economic Benefits – After Construction
Support for Existing Facilities
With new homes comes new investment which means many people in the area can benefit from new or improved services such as public transport, schools and shops. Growth of an existing community can also be a key consideration when making a decision to upgrade or replace existing infrastructure. This is often the case when considering provision of facilities or services that demand a particular size of population.
Council Tax assists in funding a broad range of local services and facilities such as refuse collection, policing, fi re and rescue services, libraries, leisure facilities, social care and health. Assuming a mix of new homes as described above we would anticipate an approximate council tax receipt being generated of around £53,000 per annum.