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Friends of Riverside Park Gets 500 Boost | McCarthy Stone

McCarthy Stone has donated just over £500 to Bitterne Park local community group, Friends of Riverside Park. Learn more about the Boathouse development.

Friends of Riverside Park Gets £500 Boost From  Local Retirement House Builder
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4th February 2020 

McCarthy Stone, the housebuilder behind The Boathouse Retirement Living development on Riverdene Place in Bitterne Park, has donated just over £500 to local community group, Friends of Riverside Park. 

Friends of Riverside Park is a not-for-profit, voluntary group made up of local Southampton people who aim to improve the facilities and maintenance in Riverside Park. The donation by McCarthy Stone has been used to plant a series of fruit trees on the bank next to Cobden Bridge, which is opposite The Boathouse.

Martyn Thomas, Area Sales Manager from McCarthy Stone, presented the cheque to Dough Perry, Chairman of Friends of Riverside Park, alongside a number of volunteers. 

Councillor David Fuller, Conservative Councillor for Bitterne Park, commented: “The Friends of Riverside Park do some fantastic work in maintaining and protecting the natural beauty and wildlife of the Park. I am delighted that McCarthy Stone chose to lend its support and make a donation to the team.” 

Doug Perry from Friends of Riverside Park said: “We are dedicated to improving the physical and natural environment of the Park as much as we can. We rely on the generosity of our volunteer team, who provide the time to maintain it, as well as grants and donations from local businesses for much-needed improvements.  

“The £500 we’ve received from McCarthy Stone is fantastic and we can’t thank the team at The Boathouse enough. The funds have enabled us to tidy up a previously neglected part of Riverside Park, which in turn helps us in our mission to make the Park a clean and safe place to be for the whole community.”

Geoff Bates, Head of Marketing for McCarthy Stone South, commented: “An important part of what we do here at McCarthy Stone is support initiatives in the towns and communities in which we build to help create a lasting, positive legacy.   

“It was an absolute pleasure to present this donation to the Friends of Riverside Park. It really is a beautiful area, and that is testament to the dedication of the Friends team that work so hard to maintain it.  All of us here at McCarthy Stone in Southampton wish them every success with their work.”

Comprising a selection of 50 one and two-bedroom Retirement Living apartments, exclusively designed for people aged 60 and over, The Boathouse provides everything residents could want for a relaxing retirement.  

The development features a communal lounge, ideal for socialising with friends, landscaped gardens, and a convenient guest suite should residents have friends or family to stay. Additional benefits include an experienced House Manager who oversees the day to day running of The Boathouse and 24-hour emergency call systems for added peace-of-mind.

McCarthy Stone is also giving retirees the opportunity to live their retirement years to the full, by offering up to £5,000 off or one month’s rent free on selected apartments. The incentive is available for eligible buyers and renters at The Boathouse who reserve an apartment before 29th February 2020*. 

For further information on The Boathouse, please call 0800 201 4811 or visit

*Ts & Cs apply.

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