Countryside donates £50k to Midlands front line charities

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer specialising in placemaking and regeneration, has donated £50,000 from its £1m Communities Fund to 10 local organisations in the West Midlands - in and around locations that it is currently building new homes.

The Countryside Communities Fund has been established to support local charities, food banks and organisations providing essential local services. Since launching last month, Countryside has allocated over £750,000 to causes close to the heart of its regional teams. 

The organisations that have benefitted from Countryside’s West Midlands donation are as follows:

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (projects to support staff and patients)
Shrewsbury Food Hub, Black Country Food Bank (food crisis services)
Telford Crisis Support (food bank)
St Giles Hospice (palliative care)
Haven Refuge (supporting women and children vulnerable to domestic abuse)
Good Shepherd (homeless support in Wolverhampton)
SANE (supporting people in Wolverhampton with mental health issues)
Birmingham Mind (supporting the Mental Helpline)
Compton Care (providing palliative care in the Wolverhampton community)

All of these charities work hard to support people in the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the crisis has created a surge in demand for their services, it has simultaneously limited their provision by presenting logistical and financial challenges. 

Elaine Grant, Corporate Fundraiser at Compton Care, said: “We would like to thank Countryside for their generous donation of £7,500 recently received. With so much uncertainty, and when many of our fundraising events have been cancelled, receiving support from companies such as Countryside is even more appreciated.

"The entire Compton family is working incredibly hard to ensure our patients and families continue to get the care and support they need throughout this pandemic. To put it into context, this fantastic donation could pay for our Community Care team to provide 20 at home, overnight care sessions for patients to provide medical support and essential rest-bites for loved ones."

Jade Secker, Fundraising Manager, The Haven Wolverhampton said: "The Haven were delighted to receive such a generous donation from Countryside to support women and children fleeing domestic abuse during these scary and unprecedented times. 

“The incredible donation from Countryside will help to fund vital services meaning our staff can keep working to ensure that every woman who needs support receives the vital, lifesaving help for her and her children to escape from abuse. Our helpline will still ring, our refuge will continue to provide safe emergency accommodation, and the women will continue to receive essential therapeutic support now and into the future – this is made possible thanks to the support of Countryside.”

Leanne Bood, Fundraising Coordinator, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust said: “We were delighted to receive the donation of £7,500 from Countryside.  Their support will be a huge help to a variety of projects that will be of benefit to our staff and patients.”

Adam Daniels, Regional Managing Director, Partnerships West Midlands, Countryside, commented: “We are committed to investing in our communities and now more than ever they need our support. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made life far more difficult for many local people and charities who rely on donations. On behalf of myself and the rest of the team, we hope these funds will help these charities continue their vital work.”

As specialists in regeneration, Countryside is currently offering a range of three and four-bedroom homes across the Midlands. Flagship developments include Baberton Grange in Nuneaton and Bluebell Manor, coming soon to Telford.