Visitors to housing development raise money for local charities

Visitors to CALA Homes’ Hopefield Grange development in Benson are helping the housebuilder raise money for three local charities, simply by walking through the door.

CALA Homes 21 March 2019

CALA has special collection boxes at its showhome arena, where visitors are being encouraged to pop a ball in the box to support a preferred charity. For every ball collected in each charity box, CALA is donating £1.

So far, nearly £400 has been raised for the three charities, Be Free Young Carers, Archway Foundation and Footsteps Foundation, with final tallies being announced in July this year.

The first recipient is Footsteps Foundation, which specialises in the intensive rehabilitation of children and young adults with cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, epilepsy, other neurological and neuromotor disorders and undiagnosed conditions. The charity aims to enhance and improve the physical, cognitive and speech development of its patients, as well as increase their confidence and independence.

The second beneficiary is the Archway Foundation, which helps people in Oxford and Abingdon who feel unwanted, excluded and forgotten, matching them with volunteer befrienders and social networks that give them back a sense of belonging. Through a variety of carefully organised activities, Archway supports and befriends people experiencing loneliness and isolation, often caused by or leading to disability, age or mental health problems.

And finally, Be Free YC, a charity which supports the lives and wellbeing of young carers across southern Oxfordshire, offering mentoring, peer support, guidance and advice. The practical, educational, emotional and social support that Be Free YC provides to young carers can help off–set the disproportionate impact that the challenges and demands of caring has on their lives.

Stuart Wallace, Managing Director of CALA Homes (Chiltern), said: “At CALA Homes, our focus is not only on building houses, but developing a community and leaving a lasting legacy in the areas in which we build. Therefore, we’re delighted to be able to engage local people, and those from farther afield who visit our development, to raise money for worthy causes.”

Hopefield Grange is located in the characterful village of Benson and is well-served for amenities, with a number of local shops on its High Street just a short walk from the development. On the edge of the village along the River Thames is Benson Lock for enjoying weekend walks, as well as a boating marina and popular riverside cafe.

For commuters, travelling into London is easily achievable with Didcot Parkway Station offering services to London Paddington in less than 45 minutes. Oxford city centre and Reading are also both only a 30 minute drive away.

For families, there is a number of well-regarded schools on the doorstep, including Benson CofE Primary School, RAF Benson Community Primary School and Wallingford Secondary School for older children.


To find out more about the homes available at Hopefield Grange, visit the marketing suite and three fantastic showhomes, open daily from 11am to 5pm, call 01491 817932 or visit