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The Silver Otter Cafe Gets 250 Boost from Local Retirement Housebuilder

Our donation will help improve the life of learners and support local communities to create a lasting, positive legacy.

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16th October 2019

McCarthy Stone, the housebuilder behind the Tumbling Weir Court Retirement Living development on Tumbling Weir Way in Ottery St. Mary, has donated £250 to local charity, The Silver Otter Café. 

Based in Ottery St. Mary, The Silver Otter Café supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other associated disabilities, to develop their work based skills. Run by Able2Achieve, the Café provides a friendly, supportive and encouraging work experience opportunity to adults who need extra support in developing essential skills and self-confidence for the work place.

Caroline Packer, Learning Co-ordinator and Café Manager from The Silver Otter Café, commented: “The Silver Otter Café provides invaluable support in teaching work-based skills that enable individuals to progress onto paid employment. We are friendly, supportive and enthusiastic about personal progression and we understand that everyone has their own personal goals, learning styles and pace of learning.

“The £250 we’ve received from McCarthy Stone is going to go towards updating the trusts amenities which will provide better facilities and accessibility of equipment for our learners. We are looking forward to welcoming the homeowners from Tumbling Weir Court to The Silver Otter Café to see our team in action!”

Ciara Hilley, Divisional Marketing Manager for McCarthy Stone Southern, 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 team at The Silver Otter Café. All of us here at McCarthy Stone’s Tumbling Weir Court development wish them every success with their work in helping to improve lives of their Learners and positively impacting the community of Ottery. St Mary.”

Designed for the over 60s, Tumbling Weir Court will feature a shared lounge, which will be perfect for socialising with new neighbours. A hotel-style guest suite will be available for visiting family and friends. A House Manager takes care of the day-to-day running of Tumbling Weir Court, while a secure entry system and 24 hour emergency call system provided added peace-of-mind.

Situated in the beautiful riverside market town of Ottery St. Mary, Tumbling Weir Court is ideally placed for easy access to a host of local amenities, including a supermarket, post office, a number of independent shops and leisure centre; and there are good transport links to surrounding towns and villages. 

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 14 years’ running.  McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 14 consecutive years, which is every year the awards have been run.

Those interested in Retirement Living at McCarthy Stone’s Tumbling Weir Court are invited to call 0800 201 4811 or visit

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