Greater Manchester homebuilder makes volunteering and fundraising pledge

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In recognition of Volunteers’ Week, Barratt Homes is celebrating its employees increasing their volunteering efforts in 2023-24.

The Didsbury-based housebuilder’s parent company, Barratt Developments, gives each employee two days to be used for volunteering each year. Staff members at Barratt Homes made the most of their time and spent it with a variety of local causes around Greater Manchester and the North West.

Employees at Barratt Homes Manchester have undertaken 39 volunteering days in the year up to 31st March 2024; a 225% increase on the previous year in a bid to ramp up the support for local communities.

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In February, the happy helpers ventured out across three nights to help with the fundraising efforts of Place2Be, a charity dedicated to providing mental health services in schools across the UK, by assisting with bucket collections at the end of its ‘Young Voices’ school choir events. In total, Barratt volunteers helped the charity raise over £4,500.

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MWapr24-641543 - BM - The charity golf day for Francis House Children's Hospice

One of the areas that the Barratt Homes team visited was The Lowther Estate in Penrith, which welcomed 12 volunteers from numerous departments to assist tree planting on the estate grounds. Altogether, the team banded together to help plant over 1,000 trees on the day.

For Easter, the in-house sale of a collection of knitted chicks raised £300 for Francis House Children’s Hospice, whilst employees also took part in a charity football match which helped to raise nearly £1,000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

More recently, a team set out for Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury to do a litter pick and help keep the stunning park grounds clean and tidy. This was followed up by a beach clean at Formby Beach to preserve the waterways and protect sea life from any harmful plastics that could be swept away.

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Barratt Homes also hosted a charity golf day with a range of local businesses both sponsoring and taking part in the event, with all funding raised going towards Francis House Children’s Hospice.

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MWapr24-641635 - BM - A range of businesses worked with Barratt to raise money for Francis House

Rhys Nicholson, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “Our colleagues have made a tremendous effort to use their volunteering days over the past few months and we’re proud to have supported a number of fantastic local causes.

“It’s important for us to not only support charities financially, but with our time, and it’s great that we’ve begun the year so strongly. We look forward to taking part in more volunteering and fundraising opportunities throughout the year.”

For more information about Barratt Homes, visit the website at Barratt Homes in Greater Manchester.