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Saturday 10 June 2017

'Swift' Donation Received

A cheque for £500

£500 was donated to our group by McCarthy & Stone


McCarthy and Stone Serves a Swift Boost to RSPB East Berks Group

With its show complex now open at its Swift House Assisted Living development on St Luke’s Road in Maidenhead, award-winning retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, is pledging its support to our group, as part of its ongoing commitment to the area.

2 men with a giant cheque

The leading developer has donated £500 to help fund our work. As a local division of the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB East Berks Local Group supports conservation issues in the area whilst also encouraging its 170 members to enjoy the pleasures of bird watching.

Photo by Andrew Williams - Alex Rayner, Sales Executive of McCarthy and Stone, presents a £500 cheque to Ken Cottam, leader of the RSPB East Berks Local Group.

Ken commented: “We are very grateful to McCarthy and Stone for their gesture of support. Donations of this kind are extremely important to us. We are completely self-funded, so without the generosity of donors, we would not be able to carry out the wonderful work we do in and around Maidenhead.”

Julie Ward, Sales and Marketing Director at McCarthy and Stone South East, added: “We appreciate that our responsibility is not only to deliver quality, purpose-built retirement properties, but also to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build."


Gable end with swift boxes

Julie continued - “The naming of Swift House was a nod to our feathered friends, the Swifts, who have been nesting within the site each spring, after flying over from Africa to breed. Sadly, Swifts are in decline due to a lack of suitable spaces in which they can nest.

In an effort to help give Swifts a home, McCarthy and Stone installed Swift boxes at the development.

It seemed only fitting to support a charity which strives to help the species to thrive. RSPB East Berks Local Group does a superb job in the area and we are delighted to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.”

The entrances to the Swift boxes can be seen in the photo, just under the eaves.


For our earlier news coverage of Swifts at this location (previously the Walton Cottage Hotel), please see here.