Tamworth community project receives cash boost

Date: Thursday 30 March 2017

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A growing community project in Tamworth has received a boost to its fundraising efforts after receiving a £500 donation from us.

Two of our regional businesses – Midlands and North Midlands, which are both building new homes across the region – have joined forces to support the Heart of Tamworth, each offering a £250 donation.

The Heart of Tamworth is a new community project based at two churches in the area – Sacred Heart and St John the Baptist – which aims to provide support and services in the local community.

Michael White, Trustee for Heart of Tamworth, says: “The project is run almost entirely by volunteers. We conduct a variety of activities at the community centres, including a two-week summer school –which 70 children attend – along with sessions for older people who live on their own and for those suffering from dementia. We are also working closely with homeless people in the area to help them find somewhere to live and get back on their feet.”

Our £500 donation is a welcome boost that will go towards the fundraising for a small extension to one of the community centres.

“Part of our fundraising at the moment is focusing on caring for the homeless,” Michael continues. “About 40 of our 200 volunteers regularly help our homeless, including going out into the community to give out tents and sleeping bags. One night a week we open the community centre to give them somewhere safe to sleep, and often our volunteers will stay up with them to keep them company.

“We are raising funds to build a small extension to the community centre at St John the Baptist church. We’re hoping to put a public shower in so that we can open it up in the mornings to the homeless, and give them a place to clean themselves up and prepare for any meetings or interviews they might have.”

Michael and his volunteers are hoping to raise £20,000 for the extension. They have already raised half the money and raised a further £1,000 by holding a quiz night at the Sacred Heart church in March.

“One of the great things about having the support from a company like Taylor Wimpey is that it shows other potential supporters that we are a credible charity,” adds Michael. “People can see that we are clearly providing a worthy cause and a good service to the local community.

“The donation from Taylor Wimpey has been very welcome and has proven a good match with the work we are doing with the homeless people in the area.”

Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We’re delighted to be making this contribution to the Heart of Tamworth, which does fantastic work to help people in the local area, particularly those who need it the most.”

Carl Cooke, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Midlands, adds: “As a responsible, local housebuilder we are committed to contributing towards the communities in which we build our new homes, so we were only too happy to make this donation to an incredibly important initiative such as the Heart of Tamworth.”

There’s a superb range of three and four-bedroom homes currently available at Saint Leonards in Polesworth, while a fabulous collection of new properties will soon be released for sale at Chestnut Walk in Tamworth.