Charity gets a helping hand towards minibus campaign

Date: Thursday 03 September 2015

Taylor Wimpey - Stroke Club UK Donation

We lent a helping hand to the Stroke Club UK’s campaign to raise £40,000 for a minibus, by providing a cash donation.

Our team in Oxfordshire, which is building new homes at our Great Western Park development in Didcot, donated £1,000 towards the new minibus for the Oxfordshire-based charity.

The Stroke Club UK’s Will Stammers says: “There are three members of Stroke Club UK who actually live at Great Western Park, including myself, a stroke survivor.

“We know the Great Western Park development supports local causes and charities, so we approached Taylor Wimpey to ask for help. We’re very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their generous contribution. We will definitely have their logo on the bus when we buy it.”

Nikki Gibson, Associate Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, says: “We were delighted to be able to offer our support to a local charity, especially as several of its members live at Great Western Park!

“We hope it won’t be too long before The Stroke Club UK has a brand new minibus to enable them, as they say on their website, “brighten up the day” for club members.”

The Stroke Club UK, which has branches in Didcot and Abingdon, was founded in 2012 to help Oxfordshire stroke survivors get out more, socialise and bring fun into their lives.

Will adds: “When you’ve had a stroke, things that you and I consider just ordinary – like an evening out at a pub – can become a really big thing. One of our members recently told us they hadn’t been out socially for 17 years.

“Stroke Club is about making the most out of life, getting involved and having some fun rather than risk going stir crazy at home. We’re about empathy rather than tea and sympathy.”

What has become an annual outing is a fishing trip on an adapted catamaran, out of Weymouth, Will says.

“Having our own adapted minibus will give us the flexibility to organise outings more easily, especially as the group expands” he adds.

The minibus will be known as “Bob’s Bus” after Club member Bob Smith, whose family started the minibus fund rolling.

There’s a stunning selection of two, three and four-bedroom homes currently available at Great Western Park.