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Builder gives charity for homeless a £1,000 boost

Donation will help people who fall outside local authority safety net

Homeless charity The Bridge Trust in Tonbridge has received a £1,000 donation towards its services from local housebuilder David Wilson Homes, which is building the Dickens Gate development in nearby Staplehurst.

The Bridge Trust provides life-changing services to homeless people primarily in the county, with a focus on Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. The charity works with single homeless adults who fall outside of the statutory definition of being in “priority need” and, therefore, outside of the local authorities’ duty to house them.

The Bridge Trust’s CEO John Handley says: “As we all know, this has been a tremendously difficult year for us all, and never more so for the homeless people we support.  Isolation, loneliness and restricted access to many services has taken its toll on so many homeless people, which makes this support from David Wilson Homes even more valuable in our efforts to help those more vulnerable in our community”.

Community Fund’s monthly donation

The money has been awarded through David Wilson Kent’s regional Community Fund, which sees the company donate £1,000 per month to a local charity or organisation working to improve the quality of life for those living in the division’s local area.

“As a responsible housebuilder, we passionately believe that everyone has the right to a safe home. We are proud to support The Bridge Trust and the important work they do to support homeless adults in Kent, and hope that our donation will help the charity continue to provide vital services to those in need.”

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director at David Wilson Kent

David Wilson Kent is currently building its Dickens Gate development in Staplehurst, around half an hour outside of Tonbridge, where a collection of three- and four-bedroom homes are available. Prices start from £394,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached home, with Help to Buy and Part Exchange options available. To find out more about Dickens Gate or David Wilson Kent, call 0333 355 8503 or visit

For further details about The Bridge Trust or to access support, visit or call 01732 368363.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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