Devonshire Homes Director to take on 2,000-mile cycle challenge

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(Last Updated On: March 5, 2020)

Leading independent West Country housebuilder, Devonshire Homes has selected the William Wates Memorial Trust to be its charity partner for 2020.

After Devonshire Homes raised £36,000 for local charities from 2017 to 2019, Guy Langworthy, who sits on the Board of Directors, is already training for the next fundraising challenge, Le Loop. Along with his wife Harriett, Guy will be taking on the 2,156 mile Tour de France route in June, one week ahead of the pros, to raise funds for Devonshire Homes’ Charity of the Year.

The William Wates Memorial Trust supports projects that encourage young people experiencing severe disadvantage to keep away from a life of crime and violence, enabling them to fulfil their potential. Celebrating the life of William Wates, who was tragically killed whilst travelling in Central America, the Trust gives grants to projects across the country, including the Livewire Youth Music Project in Saltash.

Based only 25 miles away from Devonshire Homes’ upcoming Kingsbridge site, Applegate Park, Livewire offers support to young people through music and traditional youth work, helping them through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

Jane Pearce, Acting Joint Managing Director of Devonshire Homes, commented: “We’re delighted to announce that we have chosen the William Wates Memorial Trust as our Charity of the Year 2020. As a local, independent housebuilder, we invest heavily in the communities that we build in.”

Jane continued: “It’s important to us that we can give something back and we’re excited to be able to support local charities and community groups through the Trust. Guy and Harriett are already in training for Le Loop and are looking forward to taking on the challenge!”

In addition to taking on the gruelling cycle route, Devonshire Homes will raise funds for the William Wates Memorial Trust through a number of events and collections at its head office and developments across the region.

The housebuilder will donate £50 to the charity for every open-market sale during the year and Devonshire Homes’ staff will also show their support with a variety of events including coffee mornings, fun runs and office bake sales.

Rick Wates, William Wates Memorial Trust Trustee commented: “Many thanks to the team at Devonshire Homes for making William Wates Memorial Trust their charity of the year. It is great to see a company so committed to giving back to their community. We look forward to a very successful partnership with them.”

Independent house builder Devonshire Homes, based in Tiverton, has been creating new homes and communities in towns and rural areas across Devon since 1992. Current developments include Tarka View, Crediton; Longston Cross, Bovey Tracey; Ladywell Meadows, Chulmleigh; and Gwallon Keas, St. Austell. In addition, planning permission has been granted for Devonshire Homes’ Kingsbridge site, Applegate Park. New homes at this site will be coming soon.

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