A junior football team in Newport has netted sponsorship from Taylor Wimpey South Wales - for the fifth year in a row!
Cromwell Youth AFC U14 A team, which plays at Lysaght Park, just down the road from Taylor Wimpey's Lysaght Village development in Newport, has received £570 to cover the cost of new kit this year from the leading housebuilder.
The team previously benefitted from new kit as U10s, U11s, U12s and U13s, and now play in the U14s Newport District Junior Youth Football League.
Team manager Darren Little says: "Our partnership with Taylor Wimpey over the past five years has made an incredible difference to the team.
"The money we save from not having to buy our own kit is spent on much-needed training equipment such as footballs, cones and bibs - and it also means we can pay for all-weather training facilities throughout the autumn and winter months.
"On behalf of all the team, coaches and parents, I'd like to say how much we all appreciate the massive support we've had from Taylor Wimpey!"
Sara Taylor, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: "We're absolutely delighted to be sponsoring Cromwell Youth AFC U14 A team again this year.
"As a local house builder, we're very much part of the community in Newport, so it's been fantastic seeing the team develop over the past five years and to know we've made such an important contribution to help this happen. We hope this season brings the club continued success!"
HELPFUL TAYLOR WIMPEY STAFF KEEP COUPLE'S DREAM MOVE ALIVE AT LYSAGHT VILLAGE IN NEWPORT!
Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful events in modern life - but imagine having to cope with it just days before giving birth, being ill in hospital and having your house-buyer pulling out just a week before completion date.
This was the dilemma facing Hannah Stockwell-Price and her husband Adam but thanks to the support of helpful staff from leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, this predicament was resolved with a blissful outcome.
Hannah, Adam, their three-year-old daughter Matilda and new born son Archie are now happily settled in their dream family home at Taylor Wimpey's Lysaght Village development in Newport.
"I still pinch myself at times and ask 'is this really ours?' because this really is our dream home," explains Hannah, a youth worker at Newport City Council. "We thought a house like this would be well out of our reach but thanks to the Help to Buy Wales scheme it was actually affordable! It looks just like the house I imagined I would live in when I was a child and drawing a picture of my dream home."
The couple previously owned a two-bedroom apartment at Taylor Wimpey's City Vizion development in Newport, but the birth of Matilda in 2012 meant a bigger property was needed. So they decided to let their apartment and rent a bigger, period property elsewhere in the city while they set about seeking a permanent move to a new house.
Hannah had been coveting a new home at Lysaght Village since 2012, and that dream was reinforced a year later when older sister Marie Taylor and her husband moved to a stunning four-bedroom detached townhouse at the sought-after development.
And to the delight of Hannah and Adam, a service advisor at Volkswagen, the new Help to Buy Wales scheme suddenly made their move to a four-bedroom detached 'Malbury' an affordable reality.
The 'Malbury' at Lysaght Village was reserved, paperwork in progress, a cash buyer found for the City Vizion apartment and their tenants had moved out - all was looking rosy.
However, Hannah was experiencing health problems during her second pregnancy which left her very poorly and almost bed-bound. She was in hospital in June with the due date about a week away when an answerphone message was left on her mobile phone from a solicitor saying the cash buyer had inexplicably pulled out - throwing the whole house-buying chain into disarray.
"In a way, the fact I was ill and worried about the pregnancy helped us put everything into perspective. Yes, things had just become very complicated with the house move but it's all relative," says Hannah.
Archie was born a week later and thanks to Dawn Hoar, a Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive at Lysaght Village, the collapse of the house-buying chain was repairable after all.
"Taylor Wimpey were so patient, sympathetic and helpful," explains Hannah, "There were several times when they could have washed their hands of us, but they persevered. They were 100 per cent supportive."
Taylor Wimpey helped to find a new buyer for the apartment at City Vizion, a buy-to-rent investor from Bristol, while also keeping Hannah and Adam's reservation in place for the 'Malbury', despite its time-limit expiring months beforehand.
Meanwhile the couple moved in with Hannah's mum and their belongings were put in storage with Hannah's dad. The 'silver lining', as Hannah calls it, was seeing so many friends and family come to their aid in time of need.
Three months after the original date when they were supposed to move in, Hannah, Adam, Matilda and Archie were finally able to get the keys to their dream new home on 16th September this year.
Now settled in, the couple are making good use of the sociable open-plan kitchen and dining room as they enjoy cooking for their friends and many nieces and nephews who live nearby - with the fourth bedroom proving handy for those who wish to stay overnight. They also have a toy room set up for the children, while Matilda and Archie each have an ample bedroom which will serve them well into their teenage years.
"We certainly hope we won't have to move again in the near future," jokes Hannah.
The couple also appreciate the property's spacious back garden and their home's external design features. "Before moving into a new-build house, my taste was for period properties because of their design, but the 'Malbury' has a beautiful design which satisfies that need while not having the problems of maintenance and upkeep you have with older homes," says Hannah.
And the development is feeling even more neighbourly in recent months after childhood pal Siobhan Williams and her partner Ben Davies recently moved to Lysaght Village, meaning Hannah has her sister and a friend she considers her 'third sister' now living just minutes apart from each other.