Worthing High School help the elderly, thanks to funding from CALA Homes

A Sussex-based school has received £500 funding from CALA Homes, whose Cresswell Park development is located nearby in Angmering.

CALA Homes 21 December 2018

Whistle PR, Job No 39589: CALA Homes donated £500 as part of their bursary scheme to host a Christmas dinner for local elderly people; left to right, Aimee Connolly, 14, Crystal Mack, 14, Karen Hayler, from the school, Christina Lawrence, 15, Aimee Kidwell from CALA Homes, and Olivia Weller, 15.The funding was awarded as part of the housebuilder’s 2018 Community Bursary scheme, which was launched in February this year.

The CALA Homes Community Bursary invited local charities, organisations and groups across Sussex to apply for funding towards a project that would benefit their local community. Worthing High School were selected as one of the lucky recipients, with the funding going towards a festive Christmas lunch for 60 elderly people from the local community, who will be spending Christmas alone this year.

Worthing High School is a co-educational academy comprising 950 students aged 11-16 years. The Christmas lunch is just one of many charitable events that staff and students organise and participate in throughout the year, as they consistently find new ways to raise money for charity and help their community. 

Richard Walbourn, Managing Director of CALA Homes (South Home Counties), said: “When we launched the Community Bursary scheme, we didn’t expect to receive so many amazing applications from such incredible local causes and it made selecting the successful groups extremely difficult. We chose Worthing High School to receive a £500 donation due to the care and compassion they show for not only the local elderly, but their wider community, and we are delighted to be able to work with them on this project. As a developer that strives to give back to the communities in which we build, we are thrilled to support both young and old on this project.”

Karen Hayler, Business Manager at Worthing High School, said: “We are really pleased to have received this funding as part of CALA Homes’ 2018 Community Bursary scheme, which has enabled us to host this lunch. By providing 60 local elderly people with a lovely, warm meal, we are hoping to spread joy to them at this festive time of year and help them feel a little less lonely this Christmas. We hope that this event will raise the spirits of our guests, as well as encouraging our pupils to appreciate the gift of being able to spend time with their families at Christmas, when others may not be in such a privileged position. We hope the success of this project will enable us to carry it on, year-on-year. Our students have also donated gifts to make every guest a hamper to take home and after their meal they will be joining our annual Christmas Carol Concert followed by mulled punch and mince pies.”

CALA Homes has developments across Sussex, including Cresswell Park in Angmering, Farriers Rise in Ringmer and Hammonds Gate in Burgess Hill. For further information on the homes currently available at these developments, visit www.cala.co.uk.