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Housebuilders get behind the county’s healthcare providers

Donations help Ashford hospital and Aylesford hospice

Two housing developers – Barratt and Taylor Wimpey – have recently made separate donations to help the providers of healthcare in the county.

In Ashford, William Harvey Hospital has received a further donation of £1,000 from local housebuilder Barratt Homes, who is building its Chilmington Green development on Hedger’s Way, just outside the town.

The donation follows on from a £1,500 donation that was given to the hospital earlier last year, which was split equally between the Twinkling Stars Maternity Bereavement Suite, the Child Health Appeal for the Padua Ward playroom and the Helping Your Hospitals Appeal.

The latest funds will be allocated to the Helping Your Hospitals Appeal to support staff wellbeing, with the donation being used to provide initiatives such as snacks and drinks for frontline staff on busy wards, offer additional support for the staff in the ‘Take 5’ rooms, and provide well-being spaces across acute sites. Funds from the appeal are also used to buy interactive therapeutic equipment for patients and specialist equipment for wards such as critical care wards.

Danielle Neligan, senior charity officer for East Kent Hospitals Charity, comments: “Barratt’s initial donation earlier this year helped us massively to improve the facilities at the hospital, benefitting both our patients and staff. We are so grateful for the latest donation, which will be used to boost staff morale during one of the trickiest times in their careers.”

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing Director for Barratt Kent, commented: “We are pleased to offer our continued support to the dedicated staff and the patients at the William Harvey Hospital. We are determined to support the communities in which we pleased, and hope that our latest donation helps to continue the fantastic work the hospital does.”

In a further support for the NHS, Barratt Homes has extended its popular NHS Deposit Contribution Scheme, whereby all NHS employees can receive a 5% deposit contribution (up to £15,000) towards purchasing a new home at any Barratt development. The scheme is now open until June.

For further information about Barratt Kent’s Chilmington Green development, please visit the website at or call 0333 355 8502.

Meanwhile, Taylor Wimpey South East has donated £500 to Heart of Kent Hospice to help cover the costs of the charity’s free of charge services to support people living with a terminal illness.

Based in Aylesford, Heart of Kent Hospice is currently caring for more than 900 patients and their families. The charity provides emotional support, welfare and financial advice, as well as a variety of living well activities, peer-to-peer support groups and end-of-life care. Taylor Wimpey’s donation will be put towards the increasing number of families that the hospice is now supporting.

Head of community partnerships at Heart of Kent Hospice, Sarah Bowes, says: “We are extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey and we can’t thank them enough for their support. It has been a challenging year and the support we offer is more important than ever. We heavily rely on voluntary donations and fundraising efforts from people in the local community and this money will make such a difference to the hospice and those who need our services.”

Jason Stokes, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “Heart of Kent Hospice does amazing work in providing care to people in Kent with a terminal illness. We’re committed to giving back to the communities in which we build and we were pleased to be able to offer this donation to a fantastic charity. We hope our donation goes some way to helping them to continue their vital services.”

Heart of Kent Hospice is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To find out more about the charity and the services it offers, visit

To find out more about the other ways that Taylor Wimpey supports local communities, visit

Taylor Wimpey is currently building new homes across Kent, including at its Oakapple Place development in Barming and its Langley Park development in Maidstone. For further information about the homes and incentives available at these developments, and others in the region, visit


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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