Barratt, the Uk’s largest housebuilder prides itself in being committed to building high quality homes and sustainable places, leaving a powerful and positive legacy that helps local communities to thrive. And so, to mark the completion of their 500,000th home, they have launched the Barratt Foundation, bringing together charitable giving and long-term support for good causes and leading charities under one roof. Last year they raised and donated more than £4m.
Chief Executive, David Thomas said “As well as a focus on the communities where we work, we have established major partnerships with leading national charities too. We work closely with the RSPB to give nature a home at our developments, we support our Armed Forces veterans alongside the RBLI and we aim to tackle homelessness with St Mungo’s. We want to give the next generation the best start in life though long-term partnerships with the Outward Bound Trust and Whizz-Kidz. At the same time, we give our 6,000 employees the encouragement and the time to fundraise or volunteer and support a cause they care about, or help the community where they live.”
Mr Thomas wen on to say “In addition to the achieving our 500,000th home milestone, with the pandemic both reducing funding for charities and making the work they do more important than ever, we feel this is the right moment to launch the Barratt Foundation. It has a general purpose, but we will look to focus our effort on some key areas, including:
· Promoting social inclusion, particularly young people, the armed forces and the most disadvantaged and excluded in society
· Helping the environment and nature, alongside our commitment to being the country’s leading national sustainable housebuilder
· Promoting physical and mental health
· Education and opportunity
“We are a purpose-led business and are determined to play our part in overcoming the challenges caused by the pandemic. In the early days, we were there for our frontline NHS and ambulance workers, donating 5,000 medical standard facemasks, 400 defibrillators and £150,000 to NHS Charities Together. We have since created The Big Barratt NHS Thank You, a hugely popular deposit contribution scheme to help NHS workers get onto the property ladder.
“We are proud of the difference we’ve made through our charitable work and through our people volunteering their time to lend a hand. We are excited by the positive impact the Barratt Foundation will have in the communities where we live and work across the country.”
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