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Housebuilder steps up its support for the NSPCC

Cheque handed over and several more fundraisers are planned

Staff at Barratt David Wilson Homes, which is building new homes across the county, have been working hard to raise funds for the housebuilder’s charity of the year, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Staff have already raised £25,000 for the charity, whose service centre for Kent is based in Gillingham, with fundraising set to continue until the end of the year.

Barratt David Wilson Kent’s donation will help the NSPCC to continue to run essential services such as its phonelines, providing free, confidential advice and support from trained counsellors to concerned adults and carers, alongside Childline, a dedicated phoneline for children and young people.

Barratt David Wilson Kent employees will take part in a range of activities throughout 2021 to raise much needed funds for the charity, including climbing Mount Snowdon, and the directors will be participating in The Tough Mudder challenge in London this September.

Francesca Picciuto, NSPCC Corporate Partnerships Manager for London and the South East, says: “We are so grateful to Barratt David Wilson Homes for this very generous donation. This kind of support helps us reach millions of children and young people across the UK.”

Safe from harm

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director of Barratt Kent, adds: “We are exceptionally proud of our fundraising results so far, every member of staff has gone above and beyond to support our fundraising goals. As a family housebuilder, the NSPCC is a charity that is close to our hearts, and we are proud to know that we are one step closer to the charity’s goal of keeping all children safe from harm.”

The charity was chosen by the team at Barratt David Wilson Kent. As the year progresses, staff will continue to undertake individual and team fundraising efforts to raise as much as possible for the NSPCC, with the final total due to be revealed at the end of the year.

The company is developing projects in Aylesham, Ashford, Dover, Faversham and Hythe.

To find out more about the NSPCC or make a donation, visit www.nspcc.org.uk.

For further information about Barratt David Wilson Homes or the new homes available in Kent, please visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or call 0333 355 8502.

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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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