Legal & General Homes donates £2,000 to charities in the Shrivenham area

By Jamie Hill - 28 November 2019

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Legal & General Homes has donated £2,000 to local charities as part of the quarterly scheme it runs in the area surrounding its Cross Trees Park development in Shrivenham, near Swindon.

Every quarter, visitors to the housebuilder’s Cross Trees Park Visitors Centre are given the power to choose one of three local charities to receive the largest share of a £2,000 fund by placing tokens in donation boxes for their charity of choice. At the end of the three months, the voting tokens are counted and the charity with the most receives £1,000, the second £600 and the third £400.

Pennyhooks Farm was chosen to receive this quarter’s £1,000 donation – a charity that provides unique experiences for young people and adults with autism.  Every week 50 children and young adults are welcomed to the farm to learn skills including animal care, conservation and woodwork. Viscountess Barrington’s Homes for Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women in Shrivenham, which provides housing for former members of the armed forces who are in need, was awarded £600, and the Shrivenham Memorial Hall, the Grade II listed community building on the village’s Recreational Ground, received £400.

Legal & General Homes, Managing Director, John Allan says: “We’re committed to giving back to causes that make a real difference to Shrivenham and the lives of people that live here, which is why we were thrilled to support these three fantastic charities this quarter.  Pennyhooks Farm provides important support to children and young people with autism – giving them the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and all its benefits.  It’s brilliant work and we’re proud our scheme can help in some way.”

Lydia Otter, CEO of Pennyhooks Farm says: “Legal & General Homes’ support has made an enormous difference to us.  We receive 75% of our funding from the government, but still have to raise at least £5,000 a month to subsidise the specialist activities that we provide.  It is incredibly kind of Legal & General Homes to enable us to continue to help amazing young people with complex autism to learn vital skills that enable them to lead purposeful adult lives.”

Charities can apply to be part of the Legal & General Homes charitable grant scheme by visiting or by emailing and requesting an application form.

The Cross Trees Park Visitors Centre is open 9:30am and 5:00pm every day for people vote for their favourite charity next quarter and visitors to the development are now also able to look around the four new show homes that recently opened at the site.

The charities for the next quarter are:

Friends of Shrivenham School – raising money to enhance the education of children at Shrivenham Primary School

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