Friday 22nd December 2023

We donate Christmas hampers to a Santa Grotto

Our South Thames team joined forces with the organisers South Downs Santa’s Grotto in Hassocks to deliver a Christmas surprise to two lucky competition winners.


Giving back to the community

To mark the first year of the permanent grotto, which is situated at South Downs Nurseries and Garden Centre, the housebuilder donated two £250 hampers to the Budding Foundation for their online raffle and in-person raffle.

The online raffle has already been drawn and has raised £957, which will be used to support local young people in need, particularly focusing on those living in deprivation and poverty.

Andrew & Sylvia Bishop from Portslade, Sussex were announced as winners of the online hamper competition, with the couple kindly deciding to donate the hamper on to homelessness charity YMCA Brighton.


Over 4500 people are estimated to have visited the South Downs Santa’s Grotto this year. The Budding Foundation also provided 750 free booking vouchers so that those families who were unable to afford a visit could still get to experience the magic of Christmas. The tickets were distributed via local family support workers, social services, schools, food banks, and local authorities. 

The grotto was established by the Budding Foundation, a registered charity raising funds to help improve the lives of young people in Sussex, with the emphasis on those who have suffered social deprivation, trauma or disability. 

The charity was founded by Clive Gravett and his daughter Kate in July 2013, and they have since  raised over £350,000 to date. They also work closely with other local charities, local authorities, schools and colleges.

Clive Gravett, Founder and Trustee of The Budding Foundation, said: “The generosity Taylor Wimpey has shown in sponsoring our Christmas Hamper Raffles is very much appreciated. The considerable funds raised will help to support local young people in need throughout Sussex during the difficult times many families are experiencing.”

Mary O’Brien, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South Thames, said “It’s been a pleasure working with Clive and the Budding Foundation team to provide two wonderful hampers as part of the South Downs Santa’s Grotto’s incredible festive offering. We’ve been amazed by the sheer number of people that have gone along to have an afternoon or evening’s festive fun, and look forward to discovering the final amount raised for such a wonderful cause.”

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