Young readers in Mill Hill start a new chapter thanks to our donation
Children at Millbrook Park Primary School are looking forward to reading some fantastic new books, following a £150 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.
Nicola Dudley, Head of School at Millbrook Park 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.
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 are delighted to be making this donation to support Millbrook Park 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!”
We help to boost local school’s fundraising dinner
A fundraising dinner for a school in Mill Hill, north London, raised £90,000 after receiving a helping hand from us.
We donated £400 to the event held in support of Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School, in nearby Daws Lane.
The dinner, held on Sunday 5th March at Allianz Park in Hendon, raised funds to cover the school’s running costs in light of cuts to school budgets across the country.
“As the school faces budget cuts, we are forced to raise the money elsewhere,” explains Josh Bentley, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee and Governor at Etz Chaim School.
“The dinner was also a means for us to cover our capital costs. Seeing as the school is now expanding to Year 5 and Year 6, we need to fund the refurbishment of new classrooms. In addition to this, we must fund extensive work required on the roof, enhance security at the school and allow us to continue to provide our other services.
“The evening was attended by about 200 people, including a number of notable people from the local area and beyond, including Hendon MP Dr Matthew Offord, Lord Levy, Colonel Richard Kemp and Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet.
“The money was raised in a number of ways, including from donations to the brochure which was distributed at the dinner as well as through the fantastic auction prizes we had on the night.
“These donations will make a massive difference to the school and allow us to carry on offering a high level of primary education to our students.
“Thank you to Taylor Wimpey for all their support. The money they donated has really been a tremendous help to the school.”
Jack Costello, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, 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 Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School.
“The event was for a great cause and we are so pleased that the evening was a huge success.”
We volunteer to support primary school’s business week
Two of our employees here at Taylor Wimpey North Thames, Jack Costello (Sales and Marketing Director) and David Peycke (Land and Planning Director), recently visited Latymer All Saints C of E Primary School in Edmonton, north London, to take part in a day of activities as part of the school’s business week.
Pupils at Latymer All Saints C of E Primary School were given an insight into the construction industry as part of our partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for London.
They spoke at three assemblies about the different careers available in the construction industry, and also showed interviews with five Taylor Wimpey North Thames employees, about their individual jobs.
The visit was part of the ‘Be the Best You Can Be! London’ programme, which was launched last year as a partnership between the Mayor’s Fund for London, Taylor Wimpey and 21st Century Legacy.
The programme, aimed at helping 50,000 young Londoners living in some of the capital’s most deprived areas, will see pupils in both primary and secondary schools in London supported to help them realise their ambitions.
Jack and David met pupils from Year 1 through to Year 6, and took part in classes with Year 3 and 4 which focused on selling a home. Year 5 and 6 pupils thought about items they might include in a time capsule, while sessions for Year 1 and 2 included safety information as well as a visit from Taylor Wimpey’s mascot Taylor Tiger.
Mrs Kathy Hill, Headteacher at Latymer All Saints C of E Primary School, said: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for the work they have done with our children. During our business week each year we aim to teach the children more about the world outside school, and the opportunities they will have in the world of work. This gives a purpose to their learning and targets to work towards, fitting very well with our school value of Aspiration and the programme we are following, ‘Be the Best You Can Be!’”
David said: “We were delighted to visit Latymer All Saints CofE Primary School and talk about what it’s like to have a career in the house-building industry.
“Young people are the employees of the future, and it’s important to inspire them at an early age about the opportunities that are available to them.”
Jack adds: “We really enjoyed meeting the children and giving them an insight into the world of work and we hope they found it interesting and enjoyable too.”
Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London said: “Taylor Wimpey’s school visits help bring the world of work to life, giving young Londoners a real insight into the skills and opportunities they need to get a decent job and be the best they can be.”
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.”