Redrow West Country donates over £45,000 to local charities

Two Devon charities will be able to carry on providing vital support and lifesaving work thanks to donations from house builder, Redrow West Country.

The Devon Freewheelers, the volunteer emergency vehicle drivers who transport blood and other samples to hospitals across Devon, and the Get Changed Theatre Company, the specialist theatre company for adults with learning disabilities, will each receive £23,464 and £21,725 respectively raised by Redrow’s West Country division to help support their work.

The impressive charity donations were fundraised by Redrow staff and sub-contractors taking part in a variety of activities across the last twelve month including: a 5-aside football tournament, a golf day and the Redrow charity challenge extravaganza – a four day running, walking and cycling event spanning Devon and Cornwall. Other activities included three separate auctions of show home furniture, including a hot tub, as well as regular dress down days and a Christmas ball.

Devon Freewheelers are a team of 44 volunteer emergency vehicle drivers supporting the NHS with the essential delivery of blood, samples, medication and donor breast milk to hospitals throughout Devon. The ‘Riding for Life’ group, which is funded entirely by donations, completed over 1400 jobs in 2016 with over 185 jobs completed this year already.

Caroline Retter, Fundraising Coordinator at Devon Freewheelers, commented: “We would like to express our gratitude to the entire staff of Redrow for raising such a fantastic amount of money. We rely solely on the generosity of the public, community groups and companies such as Redrow to be able to continue providing the life saving work the charity carries out across Devon.”

Caroline further commented: “While it is yet to be decided what we will do with the donation, we could use money to purchase a new bike or contribute towards the running costs of the fleet, any remaining money would be used to keep the Blood Bike service on the road.”

Get Changed, which will benefit from a cash boost of £21,725 from Redrow, has been supported by the house builder since they launched their West Country division in 2014.  The charity aims to challenge the public attitude around disability and encourage confidence and independence for those with learning difficulties. The donation will allow the theatre group to showcase the many talents of their participants and expand their performance list.

Robert Wynne, of Get Changed, commented: “The participants, staff and trustees of Get Changed are thrilled to be supported by Redrow Homes. Working with Redrow has been a pleasure and in this we include the personal interest and support from Redrow staff. In 2017 we will be using the donations to deliver our events programme, which will include a range of community performances.”

Based in Exeter, the Redrow West Country division was established in 2014 to facilitate the company’s growth plans in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Redrow West Country currently employs over 130 people and currently has a portfolio of 13 prime development sites across the West Country. 

Andrew Addison, sales director at Redrow (West Country) commented:  “Devon Freewheelers and Get Changed provide vital support to the community and we are thrilled to be supporting such worthy causes.  The team had a lot of fun raising these funds and it is our pleasure to be able to make these donations to both organisations which support so many people across our region.”

Redrow West Country are currently selling new homes across the region at the following locations: Bishops Court, The Harringtons, and Saxon Brook in Exeter, Stanbury Meadows and The Greens in Newton Abbot, Moorland Reach in Kingsteignton, Glenwood Park in Barnstaple, College Park in Bideford, Otter Grange in Ottery St Mary, Warren Grove and The Copse in Dawlish, Mellior Park in Pool and Vision in Plymouth.

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