See a little bit of history in Wakefield

Those who thought they had missed their chance to see an Olympic torch should head along to Scholars Gate in Wakefield.

They’ll get another chance to see, hold and be photographed with the iconic Olympic symbol – and to help raise awareness for a children’s charity at the same time.

The torch relay previously travelled through the town, passing close to housebuilder Redrow’s Yorkshire headquarters.

Now Sam Grundy, who carried the torch past the Redrow offices at the Wakefield 41 business park, has teamed up with the developer to bring the torch to their Scholars Gate new homes venture in Ruskin Avenue, Wakefield.

She will be at the development this Sunday (September 16) as part of a drive to raise awareness of the charity KIDS.

KIDS is a national charity providing emotional and practical support, information and advice to parents of disabled children. The charity helps more than 600 families in the Wakefield area.

Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), commented: “Those who missed the opportunity to see the torch during the relay in Wakefield should come along to Scholars Gate on Sunday when they’ll have the chance to talk to Sam about the experience and have their photograph taken with the torch. Sam’s work raising money and awareness for disabled children’s charities is truly inspirational and we’re delighted to be able to support her fundraising for KIDS with a donation of £500.”

Sam and her torch will be at Scholars Gate from noon to 4pm this Sunday, September 16.

The event also marks the opening of two show homes at the development.

The three-bedroom Letchworth and four-bedroom Cambridge show homes have been professionally designed, decorated and furnished to create the impression of lived in family homes.

Built to the high standard that helped Redrow win gold in last year’s What House? awards,  the homes boast a winning combination of Arts and Crafts architecture and family friendly interiors.

“Like all the best teams, we strive to attain the highest standards and go that extra mile for our customers. Those who visit the show homes at Scholars Gate will see that our skilled craftsmen take pride in ensuring all of our homes have a quality finish,” Patsy added.

“Our specification wins out over most of the competition too. For example our kitchens are kitted out with integrated top brand name appliances including oven, hob, microwave and fridge freezer and boast tall cabinets and extra wide drawers for plenty of storage options.

Scholars Gate enjoys easy access to Wakefield town centre with an array of shopping and leisure facilities. The area boasts excellent motorway links across the north of England, making the new homes a great base for commuters, while nearby Outwood Station offers rapid trains to Leeds in just 15 minutes. 

To have your photograph taken with the torch and to be one of the first to see inside the show homes, visit Scholars Gate in Ruskin Avenue.

For more information about the homes available, call 01924 724232 or see

Details about KIDS are available online at

  Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Gold award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2011 What House? awards; and its ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2011Housebuilder Awards for innovation and excellence.  Web: