McCarthy & Stone Volunteers to Support Royal Charity
24 September 2013
McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading developer of retirement properties, has announced that it is launching a new charitable partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service, the older people’s charity which provides practical and personal support for older people in the UK.
In support of its new ‘Charity of the Year’, McCarthy & Stone will aim to raise at least £75,000 for Royal Voluntary Service before the end of 2014 through a combination of national events, as well as fundraising and volunteering initiatives across more than 150 retirement developments throughout the UK.
The monies raised will go to support the 40,000 volunteers Royal Voluntary Service has across the UK, each of whom are dedicated to helping older people stay active, independent and connected to their community.
McCarthy & Stone’s Executive Director, Ali Crossley, believes Royal Voluntary Service is a charity with which the developer’s residents have a real affinity. She explains: “Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have an average age of 64, which really highlights just how valuable the contribution made by those in their later years is to society.
“We have many homeowners who are already actively engaged in volunteering activities, and they are each prime examples of how these kinds of good deeds can offer a more gratifying lifestyle for people as they grow older. We really believe that by partnering with Royal Voluntary Service we can make not only a difference financially but also socially, by raising awareness of the benefits of volunteering in later life. We very much look forward to working alongside everyone at Royal Voluntary Service to deliver many positive results.”
Royal Voluntary Service supports over 100,000 older people to stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor made solutions. Through its army of volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. Royal Voluntary Service also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward Befriending and Home from Hospital services.
Verity Haines, Royal Voluntary Service Executive Director of Marketing and Development, adds: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with McCarthy & Stone as their Charity of the Year. Their ethos of promoting rich and fulfilling living in later life complements perfectly our aim of enabling older people to live happy and healthy and lives through our volunteer-led schemes. We’re very much looking forward to working together to make life better for older people in the community.”
With over 35 years of experience, McCarthy & Stone has become Britain’s leading provider of retirement apartments, having built more than 45,000 apartments across 1,000 different schemes.
McCarthy & Stone is currently selling a range of purpose built age-exclusive properties throughout the UK, each specifically designed to offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specially constructed to make later life a more enriching, rewarding and manageable experience.
All McCarthy & Stone developments are sympathetically devised to provide a secure, lower maintenance lifestyle with additional domestic assistance so that homeowners can benefit from reduced time spent on day to day upkeep of their properties. The maintained landscaped gardens and central lounges offer the ideal locations in which to socialise with like-minded individuals, while those requiring additional support and care services can benefit from on-site table service restaurants, and personal care by prior arrangement or on-going assessment at Assisted Living developments. All properties are low maintenance and energy efficient.
In addition to offering age exclusive apartments, the retirement developer also provides a range of financial services, including a pension annuity service, equity release, legal services and guaranteed funeral plans.
For more information on the Royal Voluntary Service please visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
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