£2,200 raised for Taunton hospice as demand for new homes continues across Somerset

The sale of 22 newly built Summerfield properties across Somerset since April has generated an impressive £2,200 for Somerset charity, St Margaret’s Hospice.

Teresa Wort, corporate fundraiser at St Margaret’s Hospice, accepting a donation of £2,200 from Richard Nicol, Summerfield’s divisional sales director, on-site at The Paddocks development in Williton.

Property developer, Summerfield, selected St Margaret’s Hospice, who provide specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients in Somerset and their families, as one of their charities of the year and have pledged to donate £100 for each home sold in 2014. This is the second donation that has been made by Summerfield this year and it was made on-site at the Paddocks development at Williton, bringing the total raised to £4,600.

Chris Winter, chief executive of Summerfield, said:

“Earlier this year, I predicted that 2014 would be far more positive than we’ve seen for some time and this appears to be holding true. We’re seeing an increased desire for new properties and have sold 46 homes in the first half of this year. We’re confident that trend will continue because we’re seeing a strong desire for new residential properties; enquires about our Williton, Minehead and Sandford developments grew by 30% over the last quarter. Hopefully, this will mean that we’re able to make further generous donations to St Margaret’s Hospice later this year.”

Speaking about the company’s pledge to help St Margaret’s Hospice, Chris added:

“Summerfield take corporate responsibility very seriously, which is why we select a number of community initiatives and charities to support at the start of each year. As a local property developer that has developed from a family business, we have a genuine interest in the local community. St Margaret’s Hospice helps thousands of families across Somerset every year, and has a tremendous impact on the lives of patients and their loved ones. We chose to support the hospice because of the wonderful work they do and because of the amount of people in the area they will have supported through difficult times.”

It costs around £10 million a year to run St Margaret’s, which provides specialist care to 3,200 patients a year through two inpatient units, hospice day centres and a community hospice service that supports people in their own homes.

Teresa Wort, corporate fundraiser at St Margaret’s Hospice, commented:

“We are very grateful to Summerfield for their support. Three quarters of the running costs are met by the support and generosity of the local community with donations from companies such as Summerfield, as well as individuals.”

To donate to St Margaret’s Hospice, visit www.somerset-hospice.org.uk.

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Photo caption one: Teresa Wort, corporate fundraiser at St Margaret’s Hospice, accepting a donation of £2,200 from Richard Nicol, Summerfield’s divisional sales director, on-site at The Paddocks development in Williton.

Photo caption two: Richard Nicol, Summerfield’s divisional sales director, and Teresa Wort, corporate fundraiser at St Margaret’s Hospice, at the cheque presentation where £2,200 was donated to St Margaret’s Hospice following the sale of 22 new Summerfield homes last quarter.

About Summerfield:
Summerfield is an award-winning developer with a longstanding reputation for delivering quality buildings and offering a professional, personal service to customers.

Established in central Somerset in 1987, Summerfield evolved from a family run construction company founded in 1823. Drawing on a deep store of local knowledge and experience, Summerfield builds a range of commercial and residential properties to high construction and environmental standards.

Operating across the South West, Summerfield’s extensive property experience includes office, retail and leisure buildings, and industrial estates. In addition, the company holds a portfolio of commercial buildings with a variety of leasing options.

With a strong track record of delivering quality residential property, Summerfield offers a selection of homes ranging from two-bedroom affordable coach houses to three, four and five-bedroom prestige properties. Every home is designed to complement its setting, incorporating a traditional style typical of the local area with character features and unique finishes. Built using the latest construction techniques, all Summerfield homes come with a ten-year warranty.

Summerfield offers a friendly and personal approach to business that is based on trust, openness and reliability. Summerfield’s vision is clear – to provide quality properties and service.

Think property. Think South West. Think Summerfield. www.summerfield.co.uk

About St Margaret’s Hospice:
St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice is the fourth largest hospice in the UK.

The charity provides care for more than 3,200 people who face a life-limiting illness each year, including patients with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses. The hospice also supports their families and friends.

More than 1,700 staff and volunteers deliver services at the hospice.

It costs more than £27,000 a day, or £10 million a year, to deliver the best care possible.
75% of the cost is paid for out of charitable income from the charity’s shops, donations and fundraising activities.