Children’s rugby charity scores £34K donation from Wiltshire housebuilder

By Nick Batten on 28 May, 2024

Employees and contractors from Barratt David Wilson Homes South West have raised more than £34,000 for a local charity that helps youngsters in poverty or who are facing mental health issues. 

The housebuilder announced its support of Star Scheme at the start of the year, a charity that also provides support to children who have experienced Adversity in Childhood and adverse childhood and community experiences (ACEs). 

More than 300 people attended Barratt David Wilson Homes South West’s fundraising gala dinner in April which included entertainment from former Britain’s Got Talent winner, magician, mentalist and mind reader, Richard Jones, with guests collectively raising £34,550 for Star Scheme. 

Barratt Homes Charity evening 26th April 2024 (Copyright Neil Phillips Photo and Film Ltd)

Louise Ware, Sales Director for Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, said, “I’d like to thank all our guests who supported our gala fundraiser, either in person or via donations. The money raised will make a huge difference to the young people in our communities who rely on Star Scheme for support.” 

The team from Barratt David Wilson Homes South West have set themselves an ambitious £40,000 fundraising target for Star Scheme this year. 

Dan Wooler, Founder and Chair of Trustees at Star Scheme, added, “We are all blown away – it’s a significant amount of money to have raised in one night and we are slightly overwhelmed! We’re already putting plans in place to ensure the money transforms as many lives as possible and supports some of the most vulnerable young people and their families in the region.

Britain’s Got Talent winner, Richard Jones entertaining guests at the event. (Copyright Neil Phillips Photo and Film Ltd)

“At least 70 young people who don’t currently have access to community rugby will benefit as a result. They will receive support to help them overcome the impact of trauma and adversity and be given the opportunity to thrive. We’d like to thank each and every guest who bought a ticket and donated as this money will make a transformational difference to children in our communities.” 

Barratt David Wilson Homes South West’s soon-to-launch Buckley Gardens development in Semington, located near the A350, will feature 144 two, three, four and five-bedroom properties plus 43 affordable homes with a mixture of rent and shared ownership in partnership with Heylo, a registered social provider. Show homes are expected to open and first homes will be available to reserve this summer. 

The Wichelstowe scheme, one of the largest local authority joint venture agreements in the country and the South West’s boldest new developments, is being built by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes in partnership with Swindon Borough Council. It will deliver 3,000 new homes over the next 20 years, along with new schools and community facilities.

Pictured: (top of page) Host Peter Scrivener (right) with Ralph Knibbs (ex-Bristol Rugby player)