Legal & General Homes donates £2,000 to local charities as part of quarterly grant fund

By Jamie Hill - 18 June 2020

Charity

Three charities based in the area around Legal & General Homes’ Cross Trees Park development in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire have been given a total of £2,000 by the housebuilder.

Residents and visitors to Cross Trees Park vote for their favourite charitable organisation to receive the largest share of a £2,000 fund by placing tokens in donation boxes over the course of three months. At the end of the quarter, the voting tokens are counted and the charity with the most receives £1,000, the second £600 and the third £400.

This latest round of funding is based on the votes placed between January and March. Now, with the gradual re-opening of Legal & General Homes’ Visitors Centres from the beginning of June, those tokens have been counted and the results revealed.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, which is restoring the 72-mile canal through Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire into a bio-diverse blue and green public corridor, received the £1,000 cheque. Ian Skerry, of Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, said: “Our parks and footpaths have taken on an added importance in recent months as vital spaces for exercise, mental health and the enjoyment of nature. The Wilts & Berks Canal project is the largest and most complex waterway restoration work currently happening in the UK and we’re very grateful to Legal & General Homes for its support in aiding us to improve public access to the canal at Shrivenham.”

St John Ambulance received £600 from the fund. It provides first aid services, including emergency response support, to anyone who needs it, as well as medical supplies and a variety of specialist training.

Based in a refurbished theatre, The Pump House Project aims to create a versatile and vibrant, multi-use activity centre for its local area. The charity, which endeavours to engage with groups and individuals of all sections of its community, was awarded £400 in the vote.

John Allan, Managing Director at Legal & General Homes said: “The grant scheme is one of the most important aspects of our commitment to delivering social value and I’m pleased that the funds for the first quarter of 2020 have been awarded to such deserving charities. The value of outdoor spaces, such as the public waterside park the Canal Trust is creating, has never been so clear, and our appreciation for our care workers and the value that community projects deliver has never been so great. As such, we are delighted to support all three charities in their important work.”

Legal & General Homes is delivering Cross Trees Park, a high-quality development comprising 515 traditionally designed new homes, alongside a shop, children’s play space and a new primary school. Two, three and four-bedroom homes are available from £300,000 with Help to Buy and Part Exchange options on certain properties. For more information and to book a virtual tour visit: https://www.landghomes.com/developments/cross-trees-park/.

Information for charities interested in applying for support

Local registered charities can apply to be part of the Legal & General Homes’ charitable grant scheme for future quarters by visiting www.landghomes.com/our-difference/social-value/ or by emailing social.value@landghomes.com and requesting an application form.

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