Framlingham teen tackles gruelling bike ride for cancer care project
A Framlingham teenage has taken part in a 175 mile, three-day sponsored bike ride in aid of a University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Haematology Cancer Care research project. Isaac Powell, aged 15, took on the challenge, which saw him cycle from Paris to London, to raise funds for the UCLH project ‘The Elias Taylor Vegas After Party’ which was set up in memory of his cousin, Elias, who passed away in August 2018 aged just 22.
Raising almost £177,474, with Isaac raising £4,835 personally, including a £250 donation from our East Anglia team, Isaac said: “My cousin Elias was 16 when he was first diagnosed with leukaemia. He never gave up fighting during his five-year battle with the disease, he beat cancer three times. Elias' positivity, humour and strength inspire me to never give up. I want to raise money to help find a cure for Leukaemia and every penny donated brings us closer, so thanks to Taylor Wimpey for their kind support.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “We’re so proud to have supported Isaac with his three-day bike ride from Paris to London, for the UCLH project in memory of his cousin Elias. It is such an amazing and important cause and Isaac is an inspiration to us all. It means a great deal to us to be able to offer our support to help the UCLH continue the fantastic work that they do.”
The people of Framlingham are up and running with help from our East Anglia team
Our East Anglia team is helping the community of Framlingham enjoy fresh air and exercise on Saturday mornings, with a £500 donation made towards the establishment of a 5km parkrun in the town.
Thomas Mills parkrun is held in the grounds of Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, every Saturday morning at 9am. The weekly event launched on Saturday 8th June and welcomed over 170 runners of all ages and abilities.
Robert Mawson, Event Director, started raising funds to set up a parkrun in the town. He said: “Thomas Mills parkrun offers a great opportunity for everyone in the local community to come together on a regular basis, enjoy the fresh air and get physically active. We worked hard to raise the funds needed to establish a parkrun in Framlingham and the £500 donation from Taylor Wimpey allowed us to hit our target for the essential equipment and training required to get it up and running. To have this boost to our fundraising has been fantastic and we couldn’t be more thankful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will benefit the whole community.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “Giving something back to the communities in which we build is so important to us at Taylor Wimpey, especially when the cause encourages locals to get active and have fun outdoors. It’s great to see the success of the first-ever Framlingham parkrun, and we’re so proud to have helped kickstart this weekly event. We hope that the parkrun brings the local community even closer together and that they enjoy their active Saturday mornings in the great outdoors.”
Thomas Mills parkrun is open to all, free and inclusive as well as easy to sign up to. Participants register to print out a barcode which is scanned at the end of each run, with each runners’ time tracked on the website. To find out more about the parkrun, please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/thomasmills.
We help couple move to their dream home using Part Exchange
Denise Lambert, 32 and her husband, Stuart, 38, were over the moon when their hunt for their dream home led them to a spacious three-bedroom property at our Castle Keep development in the historic town of Framlingham.
The couple, who were previously living in a two-bedroom home in Framlingham, were keen to upsize to a modern home with a spacious garden in the same town. After visiting many other properties, Denise and Stuart instantly fell in love with Taylor Wimpey’s Crofton housetype, and secured their new home with the help of our Part Exchange scheme.
Commenting on their buying experience, Stuart said: “Having previously owned a two-bedroom home in Framlingham, we thought that Taylor Wimpey’s Part Exchange scheme was the ideal way to upsize to our dream home. We were looking for somewhere with a spacious layout and were both keen to move to a high-quality, modern, new build home.
“The sales executives were so welcoming and they immediately made us feel at ease from our very first meeting. We moved into our new house in January 2019 and it only took a couple of days for it to feel like home. ”
Denise said: “We wanted to stay in Framlingham as it is a beautiful town and the location is perfect for us, but both wanted a more contemporary home. After taking our dogs for a walk by Castle Keep, we were instantly taken by how the development looked and how well presented it was.
“As soon as we saw the Crofton we fell in love with its modern look. The spacious master bedroom and generous garden especially caught our eye. We found that the sales executives were extremely helpful and could tell they genuinely wanted to help us find our dream home.
The three-bedroom Crofton is a modern town house, ideal for couples and families, and offers flexible living space over three floors. The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and living/dining area which opens out onto a private garden, perfect for relaxing in. On the first floor, there is a double ensuite bedroom, single bedroom and family bathroom. A large, ensuite master bedroom can be found on the second floor.
We donate £500 to The Worry Tree Cafe
A Suffolk mental health support group is a step closer to taking its vital service on the road thanks to a £500 donation from our East Anglia team.
The Worry Tree Cafe, based in Framlingham, offers help and friendship to people experiencing mental health problems. The group, which has the backing of singer Ed Sheeran, holds a weekly session at The Day Care Centre in Framlingham where anyone can drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. Through signposting, creative projects and community events, The Worry Tree Cafe aims to combat conditions including depression, anxiety and loneliness.
The cafe takes its name from a tree outside the building, where people are encouraged to write down their worries and hang them on a branch before they go inside. It is then their choice whether or not they pick up the worry again on their way out or leave it on the tree.
The group is linked to larger organisations such as Mind but is entirely self-funded, so trustees were delighted when our East Anglia team offered its support. East Anglia donated £500, which will help the group continue its work in the community but will also go towards the purchase of a minibus.
Millie Corke, who set up The Worry Tree Cafe because of her own experiences with mental illness, said: “We’re saving for transportation so we can go out for more day trips, which will give people who don’t get out very much a bit more confidence.
“For some people, just stepping through the door of the cafe is a huge thing, so being able to take them out with us is massively important as it gives them so much more freedom and independence. We’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey East Anglia for their kind donation - it will make a big difference.”
As well as providing much-needed new homes for the local area, our proposed development will contribute towards a range of services and infrastructure provisions through a Section 106 agreement. Following public consultation and informed discussions with relevant local authorities, financial contributions will be made towards the following local services:
- Early years and childcare provision
- Education provision (primary, secondary, sixth form)
- Fire and rescue services
- Health facilities
- Highways infrastructure and rights of way
- Affordable housing
- Community uses
- Maintenance of public open spaces and sustainable drainage
It is estimated that 1.5 full-time direct jobs are created for each new home built, plus an additional three jobs per home in the wider supply chain. Based on 163 homes, this would equate to approximately 245 direct jobs and 489 supply chain jobs during the construction of this development.
The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use. Based on 163 homes, funds in the region of £1.14m will be generated for Suffolk Coastal District Council. The development would also generate an estimated £1.72m per year in additional local retail expenditure (based on England average expenditure per capita).