by Anna Startin

L-R: David Smith, chief executive at Oasis Community Housing; Hazel Ditchburn, corporate relationships manager at Oasis Community Housing; and Phil Jones, head of land and partnerships at Lovell North East

LEADING housebuilder Lovell Partnerships has raised £15,184 for north east homelessness charity, Oasis Community Housing, marking the first year of fundraising for its ongoing partnership with the local not-for-profit organisation.

The funds were raised over the course of twelve months by the team at Lovell Partnerships’ North East office, through a range of different activities. These included a charity golf day, which led to donations totaling £10,863 from the 76 attendees who took part. Two members of the North East team, Phil Jones, head of land and partnerships and Claire Etherington, senior quantity surveyor, also participated in The Great North Run.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Oasis Community Housing is a Christian homelessness charity which supports those in need across north east England and south London. It tackles both immediate need and the root causes of homelessness. It also runs programmes to help women escape domestic abuse and provides unemployment support.

Phil Jones, head of land and partnerships at Lovell, said: “We’re always really passionate about supporting local causes in each of the communities we build in, and Oasis Community Housing is a particularly special cause. That’s why we made the decision to partner with them, helping to provide much-needed funding and support the incredible work they do helping those in need and transforming lives across the north east and beyond.

“I’m incredibly proud of the efforts of the whole Lovell team over the past twelve months. During this time we’ve helped raise thousands which will go a long way towards making a difference to so many lives. As well as taking part in Oasis Community Housing’s own events, such as entering a team into its annual 5-aside football ‘Oasis Cup’ tournament, we have also enjoyed coming up with our own initiatives, utilising our connections in the region to drive support for this very important cause. This is something we’re looking forward to taking even further over the next 12 months.”

For the second year of the partnership with Oasis Community Housing, Lovell is looking to build on its fundraising successes to date in a bid towards raising even more funds for the charity.

Activities still to come this year include staff undertaking the Yorkshire three-peak challenge in June, hosting a charity golf day in September, and supporting with a kitchen refurbishment at Naomi Project, the charity’s supported accommodation project for young women experiencing homelessness.

David Smith, chief executive at Oasis Community Housing added: “Such a phenomenal amount has been raised by the Lovell North East team over the past year, making a life-changing difference to men, women and families who are rough sleeping, facing homelessness and traumas, like domestic abuse.

“We couldn’t deliver what we do without the generous support of corporate partners like Lovell who, in addition to raising funds, raise awareness and offer invaluable expertise on the refurbishment of our Naomi project for young women. We’re looking forward to continuing working together in the year ahead.”

The news follows a successful year for Lovell Partnerships’ North East region, which broke ground on its new development in South Otterington, North Yorkshire this spring, and recently had plans approved to bring 49 new homes to Ormesby, Teesside.

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