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£269K raised by housebuilder in Lancashire

David Bridges, group sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone; Catherine Johnstone, chief executive officer of Royal Voluntary Service; Wayne Sleep.
David Bridges, group sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone; Catherine Johnstone, chief executive officer of Royal Voluntary Service; Wayne Sleep.

McCarthy and Stone’s team in Lancashire has helped to raise more than quarter of a million pounds for Royal Voluntary Service, as part of the celebrations for the retirement housebuilder’s 40th anniversary.

In 2017, McCarthy and Stone, announced it would be celebrating 40 successful years since opening its first development by partnering with Royal Voluntary Service – one of the largest voluntary organisations in the UK; and a charity which shares McCarthy and Stone’s values of helping older people and their families to lead happier, longer and healthier lives.

Throughout its milestone year, McCarthy and Stone employees and homeowners took part in a host of events and activities to raise funds for the older person’s charity. An initial target of £130,000 was triumphantly smashed, and a cheque for £269,000 was recently handed over to the charity’s ambassador, and much loved dancer and choreographer, Wayne Sleep OBE.

The team at McCarthy and Stone’s North West region, which includes age-exclusive retirement developments in Lancashire such as Williamson Court in Lancaster, Keerford View in Carnforth, Crocus Court in Poulton-Le-Flyde, Burrstone Grange in Thornton-Cleveleys and Burey Court in Longridge, made a significant contribution to the overall fundraising total, with activities such as Vintage Tea Parties, Sing Your Heart Out with local primary schools and ‘A day at the races’ raising an incredible £15,000.

David Bridges, Group Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “When it came to commemorating 40 years of enriching lives, it seemed fitting for McCarthy and Stone to show its support for Royal Voluntary Service.

“Through its network of committed volunteers, the charity makes a real difference to the lives of older people, helping them to stay active and independent for longer; and its fantastic work is therefore very closely aligned to our own aims and company ethos.”

Royal Voluntary Service ambassador, Wayne Sleep, added: “I’m a firm believer in staying active as you grow older – I certainly have no intention of stopping or slowing down – so I fully support Royal Voluntary Service’ focus on helping older people participate and get the best out of life. It is wonderful to see how McCarthy and Stone shares this ethos.”