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Redrow Homes donate funds to Girl Guide Eleanor Colston’s appeal

Eleanor Colston is one step closer to taking a trip of a lifetime to the World Scout Jamboree 2019 in West Virginia.

The 14-year-old member of 1st Huntington Guides, in Chester, is desperate to represent her group and make the trip to an event that will bring together 40,000 scouts and guides. She has already carried out a range of fundraising tasks to help her on a way to reaching her target of £3,000. This has included selling handmade cards and crafts, cleaning cars, packing bags and baking cakes to sell.

Eleanor approached us after hearing about our Huntington Community Fund, which was launched from neighbouring Regent’s Grange and Earl’s Parkdevelopments in Chester. Redrow’s fund provides a pot of money which worthy groups and individuals can apply for, and Eleanor was given £500 towards realising her trip and to significantly help with the cost of air miles.

“We were bowled over by Eleanor’s enthusiasm and go-getting attitude towards achieving her goal of getting to the World Scout Jamboree,” said Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW). “We have an unwavering commitment to support local communities around our new developments, such as Regent’s Grange, and after hearing Eleanor’s story we were delighted to be able to help with a contribution. Everybody at Redrow wishes her well and it would be fantastic to see 1st Huntington Guides represented over the Atlantic.”

Eleanor, who attends Christleton International Studio, said the donation was a gratefully-received boost towards realising her long-held ambition. She recently visited our Regent’s Grange development in Chester Lane to officially receive funding towards her trip.

To find out more about Eleanor’s appeal, and to donate toward her cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/eleanor-colston 

Taylor Wimpey make donation to Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

Taylor Wimpey are committed to supporting the communities which it builds, and their South Thames team has recently made a £250 donation to the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity which aims to improve the lives of sick children and babies. The Brighton-based charity raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

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Rockinghorse Children’s Charity are currently working in partnership with local hospitals and respite centres to fund projects which focus on improving the physical and emotional well-being of sick children and we are proud to be able to offer their support.

Commenting on the donation from Taylor Wimpey Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, said: “The whole team were delighted when we found out that Taylor Wimpey had offered to make a donation. We don’t receive any government funding so it’s goodwill gestures like this that allow us to maintain our fundraising efforts. We believe no matter where they are, children should always be allowed to be children, and I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for helping us to continue to work toward this.”

Louise Adams, Sales Manager for Taylor Wimpey South Thames said: “We recognise the importance of giving back to the local areas in which we build our new homes and it was our pleasure to present the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity with a £250 donation. The charity does such fantastic work and we hope that our funding will go some way towards helping them to continue to raise much needed money for services which are invaluable for poorly children.”

Barratt Homes on Sustainability

Barratt Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder, has announced its sustainability performance figures in its new annual report. The figures show that Barratt is fast becoming the leading national sustainable housebuilder and is making strong progress on the ambitious targets that it set back in 2015. These targets form part of Barratt’s sustainability strategy covering health and safety, skills, placemaking, responsible sourcing, innovation, and diversity and inclusion. Responding to the ongoing skills crisis, Barratt has also had success in bringing new trainees into the industry this year by recruiting 204 graduates, apprentices and trainees.

Operational carbon emissions relative to build area have fallen by 21% since 2015, meaning it has hit its target some seven years early. Overall, the group’s carbon emissions have reduced this year from 2.17 tonnes per 1,000 sq ft to 1.87 tonnes of CO2e[1].

The fall in carbon emissions stems from 20% reductions in both electricity and gas use across the group, through energy reduction programmes such as more efficient site cabins and new lighting in sales offices and in its furniture factory. The fall in carbon emissions is not all down to Barratt however, as the greening of the UK’s electricity grid has also had a positive effect. Following the success in this area Barratt will now look to set a target for UK carbon reductions going forward.

A particular focus over the last two years has been to reduce construction waste. Since 2015 Barratt has reduced the amount of construction waste relative to build area by 15%, a stand-out achievement from the UK’s largest housebuilder. One of the most successful waste reduction initiatives has been working with British Gypsum to optimise the size of plasterboard used. This is estimated to have saved 621 tonnes of a type of waste that is particularly difficult to dispose of, plus reducing the amount of energy and raw materials required to manufacture plasterboard in the first place.

Building on many years of waste segregation on site, Barratt has worked with subcontractors and suppliers to recycle things like 15,000 paint tins and 250,000 wooden pallets. As a result 97% of all construction waste is now being diverted from landfill, a rise of 2% from last year.

David Thomas, chief executive at Barratt Developments, said: “We strive to be the leading national sustainable housebuilder which is why we set ourselves such demanding targets. The group’s sustainability targets are not a distraction or barrier to strong financial performance. Instead, they are integral to our business success, both in the short and long term.”