Southampton Food Bank grateful for donation from local housebuilder

27 February 2018

Leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, who currently has a Retirement Living development under construction, The Boathouse on Cobden Avenue in Bitterne Park, has donated £250 to local food bank, Southampton City Mission.

Southampton City Mission has been running food banks in Southampton for 22 years and are undoubtedly an essential part of the community for many families in the area. Last year was their busiest year ever as they saw an increase in demand by 20% due to local benefit cuts.

It has seven food banks operating in the local area donating everything from sardines to spaghetti bolognese. In 2017, Southampton City Mission served food a huge 9,985 times and gave away clothing 1,257 times!

McCarthy and Stone’s sales team raised the impressive amount over the Christmas period, attending events and selling festive mulled wine and mince pies in the local area.

Dave Osbourne, Southampton City Mission Basics Bank Manager, commented: “All of the food that we are able to give out to those in need, comes to us as donations from the public. We are completely dependent upon the generosity of local people and of local businesses to keep us going, and are incredibly grateful to the likes of McCarthy and Stone for taking the time to fundraise on our behalf, and for their support.”

Laura Currie, Sales Executive for The Boathouse, said: “It has been an honour to be able to donate £250 to such an incredibly worthwhile cause in the local area. We are happy that we are able to assist Southampton City Mission in their inspiring work to help provide for those who need emergency food in Southampton and the surrounding areas.”         

Providing much-needed specialist Retirement Living accommodation for local people in Cobden Bridge and the surrounding areas, the new Retirement Living development in Bitterne Park will provide an ideal downsizing option for retirees seeking the privacy that comes with owning your own home; but with the added benefit of an on-site community and additional security.

Aimed exclusively at those aged 60 and over, The Boathouse will compromise of 50 one and two-bedroom luxury apartments, and will feature a homeowners lounge that overlooks the river - ideal for socialising with friends and neighbours, beautifully landscaped gardens; and a fantastic guest suite for when visitors come and stay.

Set within its own small but thriving community, local amenities can be found directly opposite the development on Bitterne Park Triangle where there is a local baker, supermarket, dry cleaners, various takeaways and convenience stores. There is also a bus stop directly outside, providing regular services to Southampton city centre and neighbouring areas such as St Denys, Bitterne, Portswood and Eastleigh.

Those interested in Retirement Living at McCarthy and Stone’s Bitterne Park development can attend a Discovery Day at the Church of Ascension on Thorold Road on Friday 23rd March from 11am-3pm. Alternatively, they are invited to call 0800 3100 383 or click here for more information.

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