Homebuilder donates £1,000 to disability charity

Leonard Cheshire’s Wharfedale House unit in Wetherby cares for 18 adults with all types of disabilities

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire has received a £1,000 donation from Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, as part of its monthly charity initiative. 

Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, which includes the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, has encouraged registered charities across West Yorkshire to apply to its Community Fund, an initiative which sees a different charity receive up to £1,000 each month to aid the incredible work done at a local level. 

Leonard Cheshire was born as a charity in 1948, when former RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire took a dying man, who had nowhere else to go, into his home. Leonard nursed the man himself in his home and by the summer of 1949, his home had 24 residents with complex needs, illnesses and impairments. 

Leonard Cheshire’s ​​Wharfedale House unit in Wetherby cares for 18 adults with all types of disabilities, with the charity aiming to support them on how to live, learn and work as independently as they chose. The £1,000 donation to the charity’s Clevertouch Appeal will help to reduce feelings of loneliness amongst its residents through Clevertouch Technology – accessible display units which allows residents to improve their social wellbeing and browse things of interest. 

Jen Sweeney, regional fundraising manager at Leonard Cheshire said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Barratt Developments Yorkshire West for selecting our Clevertouch Appeal to receive this donation. We already have one Clevertouch unit in place and this £1,000 from the Community Fund will help us deliver more meaningful activities to our residents, whilst helping us with the costs of a second Clevertouch Unit.” 

Ian Ruthven, managing director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire West said: “We are delighted to have been able to support The Leonard Cheshire Clevertouch appeal as part of our Community Fund. The last two years have seen many people experience loneliness and the Clevertouch units will be invaluable to improve the independence of residents at Wharfedale House.” 

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