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Local charities in Oxfordshire and Berkshire receive £6,000 in latest round of grant funding

February 28, 2020

Every quarter, we donate £2,000 to nearby charities at each of our developments as part of our charitable grant scheme.

We place token donation boxes in each of our Visitors Centres across Berkshire and Oxfordshire and ask everyone who comes in to see us to vote for the charity they want to receive the largest share of the £2,000 fund.  This helps us make sure that we are lending our support to the causes that are most important to local residents.

At the end of the three months, the charity with the highest number of votes receives a £1,000 donation, the second, £600, and the organisation in third place, £400.   You can read more about our grant scheme and how to nominate a charity to receive funding here.

The latest results are in, and this quarter nine charities received a combined £6,000 in funding.

Buckler’s Park

At Buckler’s Park in Crowthorne the Crowthorne and Sandhurst NCT Branch, the UK’s leading charity for new parents, was chosen by the public to receive £1,000. The donation will enable the charity to continue bringing people together to provide support, advice and friendship at a crucial stage in their lives.  This quarter £600 of the fund went to HopeZone, a charity that supports young people in Crowthorne aged 10-18 by providing a place to meet and get involved with activities like crafts and cooking, and £400 to SAFE, a small charity that supports local landowners to legally rescue and re-home abandoned horses in Berkshire and Surrey.

From left to right: From
Crowthorne and Sandhurst NCT; Ewelina Matusiewicz, Rosanna Ciccole, Sheila Davenport, Nicola Gurney (Caleb), Emma Hardy, Sarah Francis, Becky England, Gemma Grundy, and from Legal & General Homes; Hayley Murphy

Cross Trees Park

Friends of Shrivenham Primary School received the most votes from visitors to Cross Trees Park in Shrivenham last quarter and the team said the £1,000 donation will be put towards buying more equipment to support the children’s learning at school. Prospect Hospice came second in the vote and received £600 and Be Free Young Carers, a support and mentoring service for young carers, was given £400 from the fund.

Left to right: Becky Peal, Jude Scott, Matt Richardson (Legal & General Homes)

Finchwood Park

Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice, this quarter’s recipient of the £1,000 cheque at Finchwood Park in Finchampstead, support people with life-limiting conditions and their families with expert care, helping them to have the best quality of life. The grant funding will support its team of healthcare experts and trained volunteers to provide specialist services in the charity’s day therapy unit and in patients homes.  Thames Hospice and Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & District received £600 and £400 respectively.

From left to right: Gemma White, Sharon Toll, Jo Bright, Courtney Boyle, Sue Moss

Voting is now underway for the next quarter’s charitable grant scheme at our Visitors Centres and a full list of the charities involved can be found here.

The Buckler’s Park and Finchwood Park Visitors Centres are open 10:00am – 5:30pm every day and Cross Trees Park Visitors Centre is open from 9:30am – 5:00pm every day.