Taylor Wimpey supports Walk to School Month
Taylor Wimpey is encouraging families in North Yorkshire to put on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn.
The housebuilder is supporting
Walk to School Month, and has donated 75 high-visibility wristbands to the pupils of Colburn Primary School, to help keep the youngsters safe on their journey.
The campaign takes place every October and asks parents to walk their children to school – with the aim of promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the number of cars on the road. This year, the initiative will see more than 13,000 wristbands provided to children across the country.
Mr Watt, head teacher at Colburn 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, making it much safer.”
According to Living Streets, the charity that organises the Walk to School campaign in the UK, only 21 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise, which is 60 minutes of physical activity.
A generation ago, 70 per cent 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.*
Debbie Whittingham, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire, comments: “We are proud to be supporting this great campaign for another year, and are delighted to be working in partnership with Colburn Primary School.
“Walking is a great form of physical activity for youngsters to get into, and we hope our wristbands will add some fun to the journey, as well as keep them safe on the way.”
Colburn Primary School is located just a short distance from Taylor Wimpey’s Woodside Chase development. The scheme currently features a range of two-bedroom homes, from just £119,950.
Mr Watt concludes: “We are incredibly grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation, which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month amongst pupils and parents alike.”
Colburn Community Primary School visit Woodside Chase
Year one students at Colburn Community Primary School swapped pencils for hard hats as part of an enlightening lesson at Taylor Wimpey’s Woodside Chase development in Colburn.
The school, which is based close to the popular development, was keen to visit and learn about the housebuilding process, the range of different designs and what a house looks like before occupants move in.
Angela Campbell, year one teacher at Colburn Community Primary School comments: “Visiting the Woodside Chase development was a fantastic way to stimulate learning in an exciting out of school environment. We were able to show the children different housing designs while teaching them about the construction of homes, which they loved.
“The children took in a great deal of information so we are really grateful to the experts at Taylor Wimpey who took time out of their busy days to get involved.”
Colburn Community Primary School neighbours Woodside Chase, with a number of its pupils even living at the development.
Debbie Whittingham, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire explains: “We are thrilled to have worked with the school on this exciting project.
“We firmly believe that children learn by participating in more visual and hands-on activities, while experiencing new environments. It was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed all round.”
A winning scheme at Woodside Chase
Renters in Colburn are reaping the benefits of the Help to Buy initiative, with Taylor Wimpey reporting increased demand for properties at Woodside Chase, where only a five per cent deposit is getting more buyers on the ladder.
Buyers like Laura Keay, who has spent over £12,000 on rent in the past two years, credits the government-backed scheme for helping her become a home-owner at last.
Laura, who recently moved to a spacious three-bedroom, semi-detached Buxton home at the popular development with her partner Gary Atkinson, describes what Help to Buy has done for her.
She explains: “Without Help to Buy, moving to this beautiful brand-new home just wouldn’t have been possible and we’d still be spending a fortune on rent.
“Our new home is a dream – it’s spacious, in a great location and we certainly wouldn’t be in a home this size without the Help to Buy scheme.”
Help to Buy allows buyers to secure a new home worth up to the value of £600k with only a five per cent deposit, meaning buyers can afford larger homes than they initially expected, according to the developer.
Debbie Whittingham, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire comments: “Our Woodside Chase development has been a great success – particularly with first-time buyers like Laura and Gary.
“Through Help to Buy, so many buyers are finding that monthly mortgage repayments are actually cheaper than renting, allowing them to make a valuable investment in their future.”
Laura concluded: “Help to Buy not only got us our wonderful new home but it also enabled us to spend more on things like furniture and decorating – I would definitely recommend it to anybody in a similar situation to us.”