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Hope House is home, sweet home for Redrow's charity funds

Homebuilder Redrow has blasted through the fundraising ceiling and raised an incredible £85,000 for Hope House children’s hospice.

Staff at Redrow NW, based in Daresbury, raised the staggering amount by holding a charity ball and taking part in a variety of activities such as a dragon boat race and a half marathon over the course of the past year.

The Hope House children’s hospices, one in Oswestry, Shropshire and one in Conwy, North Wales, provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families. They offer a range of services, including respite and end-of-life care at the hospices and/or within the family home, and support such as counselling, advocacy and the promotion of children, young people's and carers' rights.

Sarah Weaver, marketing co-ordinator at Redrow NW and a member of the charity committee, said: “Redrow builds houses in much of Hope House’s catchment area of Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. The organisation provides such incredible support to children and families in the most difficult of circumstances and therefore is a charity that’s very close to our hearts. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to raise so much for them.”

Members of Redrow’s charity committee have visited the hospice to find out more about the work involved and see how some of the money they’ve raised already has been spent – and how future donations will help.

Hannah Penney, area fundraiser for Hope House, said: “It currently costs £1,200 for one day of care for a child at Hope House. We rely almost entirely on donations, legacies and fundraising, so sizeable contributions like those made by Redrow are invaluable in ensuring we can continue to provide the level of care and support we give. We are incredibly grateful to Redrow for all their hard work in raising such an impressive amount, it will pay for 70 days of respite care at Hope House.”

Redrow’s biggest fundraiser was a Great Gatsby-themed charity ball held at Chester Racecourse in September which amassed £47,000. The homebuilder’s staff have also taken part in the Three Peaks Challenge, the Chester Half Marathon, a golf day and dress down days in the office.

The whopping total for 2016 follows an incredible few years of fundraising for Hope House. During 2015, Redrow raised £57,000 and in 2014, the bar was set at £43,000 meaning the total over three years is £185,000.

Warren Thompson, Redrow’s regional chief executive, added: “The NW team has done an amazing job – they’ve been incredibly committed to the cause and have given up a lot of time to training, preparing and raising awareness of the hospice’s great work. The team are delighted to help the hospice and hope to better this fantastic achievement next year.”

Redrow builds homes across the North West and North Wales and currently has developments in and near Chester, Woodford, Ledsham, Sandbach, Bangor, Tattenhall, Tytherington and Hartford. For more information go to www.redrow.co.uk.

Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.