40 Years On...
McCarthy Stone celebrates its 40th birthday this year, and has lots of fun events planned to mark the occasion!
Back in October 1977, McCarthy Stone opened its first retirement development at Waverley House in New Milton, Hampshire. It was a pioneering idea – to provide purpose-built apartments for older homeowners who want to live independently in later life, but with support on hand when required. It was hard to believe no one had thought of it before! This simple but ground-breaking idea took off, creating an entirely new sector of the property market, and went on to make McCarthy Stone a household name. Waverley House sold out off plan, and that was just the beginning.
Within only 10 years, McCarthy Stone had built its 100th development and was selling 2,596 apartments a year. In 1987, Princess Diana opened the new company headquarters in Bournemouth - quite a success story! Over the past 40 years McCarthy Stone has stayed at the cutting edge by constantly developing its offering, taking meticulous care over every detail, from choosing which sites to purchase to the design of a door handle - and last but not least, always keeping the customer and their family at the heart of the business.
It’s for these reasons that McCarthy Stone has been awarded the 5-star rating for customer satisfaction in an independent survey by the Home Builders Federation for the past 12 years – the only housebuilder of any size or type to ever achieve this.
So to celebrate this amazing heritage, and to recognise the achievements of many generations of employees and homeowners, McCarthy Stone is running a series of events throughout 2017. Working in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), the aim is to raise £130,000 to support projects across the country. It’s a perfect partnership as RVS shares McCarthy Stone’s vision of helping people to live happier, healthier and longer lives, with its aim of creating a society where everyone feels valued and involved, whatever their age.
It was founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services, to help civilians in need during World War II. Now it has 35,000 volunteers supporting 100,000 people every year through projects such as visits and refreshments in hospitals, support for dementia sufferers, lunch clubs and home library services. A worthy cause indeed and one that has the royal seal of approval – Queen Elizabeth is its Patron and the Duchess of Cornwall has been President since 2012.
So how are we going to raise £130,000? There are three main strands to our fundraising and it all promises to be lots of fun, too! We’re kicking off the year with a series of vintage tea parties to be held in McCarthy Stone developments across the country. Find your closest tea party here, and resident or not, go along and take a look around a development if you are thinking of moving!
This will be followed by a link-up with the popular RVS event Grandfest, which is now in its third year. Celebrating the heritage crafts and skills of retired people, it culminates in a one-day festival in London. Throughout the summer, there will be a series of skills workshops in McCarthy Stone developments where homeowners can share, learn or brush up their skills in crafts such as jam-making, woodworking, baking and so on.
Finally, our third project involves time to make lots of noise! Our Sing Your Heart Out campaign in the autumn will get everyone to their feet joining in community choirs. It is certainly going to be a busy year, so keep an eye out for all forthcoming events on out site, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.