Countryside donates £5,000 to Thames Hospice in Maidenhead

Maidenhead Thames Hospice

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, has donated a total of £5,000 from its Communities Fund to the Thames Hospice, a charity for adults in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire requiring respite, therapy, emotional support and end of life and palliative care, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thames Hospice is the chosen charity of the Mayor of Maidenhead, Councillor Mrs Sayonara Luxton, for her term of office. The hospice has treated many patients with COVID-19 and as a consequence has incurred many extra costs, which this donation will help to meet.

The Countryside Communities Fund has been set up to support local charities and groups, food banks and others providing essential local services in locations where Countryside operates across the country. Since launching the £1m fund in April, it has contributed over £750,000 across the country.  

Daniel King, Managing Director, Partnerships West London & Thames Valley, Countryside, said: “During these unprecedented times, Countryside remains committed to supporting our local communities and working with our partners to ensure we help those people that are most in need. The Thames Hospice has been at the forefront of the local community’s response to COVID-19, and so we’re proud to support the Mayor of Maidenhead’s fund to raise money for this charity and the vital work that they continue to carry out.”

Councillor Mrs Sayonara Luxton, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that Countryside has chosen to support my mayoral charity Thames Hospice during the COVID-19 crisis. It is a very generous donation which will make a real difference to the kind and expert care that Thames Hospice are able to provide to their most vulnerable patients suffering from coronavirus. It is wonderful that Royal Borough partners are pulling together at this most difficult of times in helping the community. It is this joint working and positive aspect of the pandemic that will brighten the days to come.” 

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive Thames Hospice, added: “Our deepest thanks to Countryside for their incredible donation which will make a huge difference as we continue to care for and support our patients and their families through the coronavirus pandemic.

“At the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic we faced a double challenge at the Hospice. Our income has been hugely impacted by the crisis, with the postponement of key fundraising activities and loss of income from the closure of our shops. At the same time, the increased demand for our community and inpatient services meant that we have had to significantly increase capacity to support some of the most vulnerable patients with Covid-19 on our Inpatient Unit. 

“The love, support and acts of kindness from organisations such as Countryside and our community through these challenging times has been very humbling.” 

Countryside is delivering Watermark, the £94 million regeneration scheme on the banks of Maidenhead waterways in partnership with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. 

Located in York Road, Watermark will also deliver 229 new homes, of which 88 are affordable, alongside community spaces and food outlets. The site will see new public space adjacent to the Town Hall, York Stream and Maidenhead Library as well as approximately 30,000 sq ft of new restaurant, café and community space.

Construction of Watermark began in March 2019, with the first homes for sale launching this summer.