Youth Charity Receives a Boost from the Older Generation

28 October 2013

Burgess Hill youth club receives £1,000 donation

Members of the Burgess Hill Youth Club are celebrating after the group was awarded £1,000 by retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, following its recent campaign to find deserving causes within the local community.

Its hunt for worthy charities was launched this summer to mark the official opening of McCarthy & Stone’s 1,000th ever age-exclusive retirement development, which is located off The Brow in Burgess Hill.  The Youth Club (formerly the Burgess Hill Boys Club) was selected from a host of entries after it posted an inventive plea video online highlighting just how it could spend the prize money to better their facilities at the Fairfield Community Centre on Western Road.

Youth Club Chairman Paul Myles said: “Sadly, due to funding cuts to our youth organisation, times have been rather hard.  On discovering that there were funds to be applied for through McCarthy & Stone, members of our junior club were keen to get involved and do their bit to help. Together, they created a short video which we uploaded to YouTube, and the rest is history. We’re delighted the team at McCarthy & Stone liked it so much – the money will make a real difference to us.

“Firstly, we'd love to have a new laptop computer both for carrying out multimedia projects with our younger members and for helping our older members with looking at further education courses and training. 

“Secondly we are in need of some new sports equipment. Our members are very keen to have a proper Rounders set and two sets of spring-back Cricket stumps and bats so that we can play both on the field and on our hard surface enclosed sports area. It is our plan to increase our outreach work by taking the Cricket and Rounders sets around Burgess Hill to get more young people  involved in playing sport and to help build up the community spirit!”

The Burgess Hill Youth Organisation run two weekly youth club sessions - a senior club for 13-18 year-olds on Monday evenings from 7pm until 9pm, and a junior club for youngsters aged 8-12 years old on Wednesdays between 6.15pm and 7.45pm . It also organises events for young carers during school holidays and provides subsidised activities in the school holidays for children from low income families throughout the local community.

Julie Ward, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy & Stone commented: “Launching our 1,000th development was a very exciting moment in our history and one we wanted everyone to help us to celebrate. We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to really give something back to the local area and to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“We were so amazed by all the time and effort the Burgess Hill Youth Club put into their video application and we can’t think of a more deserving winner.  We really hope the money goes some way to helping them achieve some of their hopes and wishes for a brighter future for those youngsters who use the club.”

McCarthy & Stone developments offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specifically designed for later life. The two complexes in Burgess Hill offer two different types of lifestyle that have designed specifically to meet the varying needs of the over 60’s in the area.

Clayton Court, a complex of 46 stylish Retirement Living properties, is exclusively for active over 60’s. Meanwhile, Corbett Court, a collection of 56 Assisted Living apartments, offers those over 70 a host of optional care and support packages, including domestic assistance, that help make life that little bit easier.

Both Clayton Court and Corbett Court house a shared lounge, a hotel style guest suite, landscaped gardens and a laundry room. As standard in all McCarthy & Stone properties, each individual apartment incorporates thoughtful features such as 24 hour emergency call points, electrical sockets at a raised height to reduce bending, a camera entry system, easy grip lever taps in the bathroom and kitchen and energy efficient heating.

Those opting for Assisted Living at Corbett Court can also benefit from an hour of domestic assistance each week as part of their service charge, and flexible personal care can be organised for those individuals who require it. An on-site restaurant is also provided so that homeowners can enjoy a hot meal 365 days a year.

Anyone wanting to find out more about either development in Burgess Hill is invited to register their interest with McCarthy & Stone now on 0800 201 4743 or visit the show complex’s open daily 10.30am until 5pm.

To watch Burgess Hill Youth Club’s winning video, visit




For further press information:

Eve Parkin
Haslimann Taylor PR
0121 355 3446 / 07825 382 343