At each of our developments, we donate £2,000 to nearby charities every quarter as part of our charitable grant scheme.
How do we decide where the funding goes? We place token donation boxes in each of our Visitors Centres and ask the people who come and see us to vote for the charity they want to receive the largest share of the £2,000 fund – this helps us support 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 across Berkshire and Oxfordshire received a combined £6,000 in funding.
At Buckler’s Park in Crowthorne the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, which helps people whose lives have been turned upside down by MS, was chosen by the public to receive £1,000. The donation will enable the charity to continue running its four core therapies – physiotherapy, counselling, chiropody and oxygen therapy – free of charge for those it is supporting. This quarter £600 of the fund went to DEBRA, a charity that supports research and healthcare for those affected by the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa, and £400 to Grow Baby, which collects and distributes baby clothes and equipment.
Cross Trees Park
Pennyhooks Farm received the most votes from visitors to Cross Trees Park in Shrivenham last quarter and the team said the £1,000 donation will make an enormous difference to their work supporting young people with complex autism. Viscountess Barrington’s Homes for Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women came second in the vote and received £600 and The Memorial Hall, a Grade II listed building by the village’s recreation ground, was given £400 from the fund.
Sport in Mind, this quarter’s recipient of the £1,000 cheque at Finchwood Park in Finchampstead, has already supported over 100,000 people throughout the South East and Dorset in partnership with the NHS. The grant funding will support delivery of more sport and physical activity sessions, helping beneficiaries recover, rebuild self-esteem and empower themselves. Reading charity ABC to Read and the youth outreach group Just Around the Corner received £600 and £400 respectively.
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.