Housebuilder donates £12,000 to charities across the region in 2020

Bev Benjamin from York Mind

Housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, which includes the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, donated a total of £12,000 to 12 different charities close to the hearts of its team members and the community in 2020, as part of its ongoing Community Fund scheme.

Over the course of last year, a different charity each month benefited from the Community Fund scheme which includes a £1,000 donation, highlighting the housebuilder’s dedication to supporting the communities in which it builds. The money raised as part of the scheme, which launched in 2019, was in addition to £35,000 raised last year for the housebuilder’s charity of the year, York and Scarborough-based Safe and Sound Homes (SASH).

Since January 2020, Barratt Developments has donated to 12 deserving causes, who needed more help than ever during the pandemic, including:

  • Wild Ward Trust, in Pickering
  • OSCARs  (Ongoing, Support, Care And Research into) Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity, in York
  • The Island, Hey Smile Foundation in York
  • WISHH, in Cottingham
  • Oakwood Dog Rescue, in Hull
  • York Mind, in York
  • Steps Worldwide
  • Bluebell Wood Hospice in South Yorkshire
  • Beverley Community Lift, in East Riding
  • St Anne’s Residence, in Welton
  • Doncaster Foodbank

The first donation of 2020 was made to Pickering-based charity Wilf Ward Trust, who help provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Since launching 34-years ago, the Trust has grown immensely with over 1,100 staff offering a large variety of supported living accommodation and residential services in care.

Other worthy causes to receive the £1,000 donation include OSCARs Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity, that was formed in November 2014 by the parents and friends of Oscar Hughes, a 9 year old boy who died of a brain tumour that year, as well as York Mind, a charity nominated by Nicola Wilson, PA to the Commercial Director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, following the sad loss of her close friend Alex Hebblethwaite who took his own life following a battle with mental ill-health struggles, anxiety and depression.

Daniel Smith, managing director of Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, said: “We are always looking for ways to support the communities in which we build, so we’re thrilled to have been able to donate £1,000 to each of these worthy charities and organisations with our Community Fund scheme throughout 2020, especially during the uncertainty that lockdown and the pandemic brought. We’re now looking forward to working closely with the local communities across East Yorkshire to offer support to 12 more charities in 2021.”


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