Date: Friday 21 October 2016
The event, which involved a series of races for tiny tots through to teenagers, was held at Parklands in Buckinghamshire on Saturday 1st October and our £500 donation was put towards running costs and prizes.
Donations made on the day, largely through the race entries, are going to the Mad About Harry charity, which was launched two years ago after Parklands youngster Harry Banks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a very rare and aggressive children’s cancer – to provide funds in the eventuality that he would need costly treatment abroad.
Harry (now aged 8) is currently cancer free, but the charity is still fundraising, and if the money is not required for Harry’s treatment then it will go towards research into neuroblastoma, the hospitals where he has been treated in the UK, and to help other families affected by neuroblastoma.
Harry was able to attend the Run and Scoot event, and families registering their children for the races were invited to make a donation to the charity.
Ben Coles and Catherine Wilkins are both members of the Friends of Parklands committee and have been involved in organising the event, which also involved pet competitions, refreshments and music from singer and guitarist Mark Joseph.
Catherine says: “We wanted to put on something fun for the children and get people outside doing something around the development, as well as raising awareness and funds for the Mad About Harry charity.
“Harry was diagnosed only a couple of months after his family moved here and there have been lots of wonderful events organised locally to raise money. Everyone has been really, really kind.”
Ben adds: “We’re very grateful for Taylor Wimpey’s support and sponsorship. One of the main reasons for setting up the Friends of Parklands – as well as communicating with Taylor Wimpey and the local council – was to bring all the new residents here together. There are predominantly families here and it’s nice to do stuff together, but we do need funds to make them happen, so this donation is much appreciated.
“There’s a really good support network here – we all want it to be a nice place for our children – and I think this is a really positive feature about the development for people looking to move here.”
Gareth Jacob, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, says: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities where we build our new homes, and providing support for a fantastic event like the Run and Scoot races at Parklands is a great example of the way we can help.
“We’re delighted the residents at Parklands are creating such a wonderful community spirit in this new neighbourhood and look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the future.”
There’s a choice of four and five‑bedroom homes currently available at Parklands at Woburn Sands.