Borders charities receive Christmas boost with share of £20,000

Totalling over £20,700, donations came at a vital time for many families, individuals and organisations affected by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

Each year, the five-star housebuilder supports a wide range of organisations promoting health, employability and care among many other causes.

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This is done through various charity initiatives, including the Barratt Developments Scotland Community Fund, which donates £1,500 to a deserving local cause in each of its Scottish divisions every month.

Eleven groups based in the Borders received a share of the funding on behalf of Oregon Timber Frame Ltd. Hawick Acorn Project initiative, which helps those with additional needs or mental health issues with self-esteem, received £1,500, and Borders Additional Needs group also received a £1,500 boost.

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Meanwhile, the housebuilder supported St. Teresa’s Hospice, which offers palliative and end of life care and support to people with life-limiting illness, and the Margaret Kerr Unit, a purpose-built specialist palliative care unit serving the population of the Scottish Borders.

Likewise, The Borders Green Team, a social enterprise which provides employment and training for adults with learning disabilities in the Scottish Borders, received £1,500, while Selkirk Food Bank was awarded £3,000.

Kenny Dunkley, Joint Managing Director at Oregon Timber Frame, said: “As the country’s leading housebuilder, we are committed to creating a positive legacy and making a genuine contribution towards the communities in which we build our homes.

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“Our teams have raised a fantastic amount which has been donated to a variety of causes this year – touching the lives of countless individuals and families in need. The funds raised will be used to support a wide range of initiatives, including providing food and shelter to the homeless, offering opportunities to underprivileged and vulnerable young people, and providing vital healthcare and wellbeing support for those who are struggling.

“There is so much important work being undertaken by organisations up and down the country, and we look to continue supporting a diverse mix of causes in 2024. We would like to thank everyone who suggested charities and supported our fundraising activities this year.”