Bellway’s donation funds new sensory toys for children’s centre in Herne Bay

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Bellway has provided funding which will buy new sensory toys to help children’s development at Briary Children’s Centre in Herne Bay.

The housebuilder is building new homes at Oxenden Park next to the centre off Greenhill Road and has donated £500 to support its work.

Briary Children’s Centre, which is run by Kent County Council, is part of a nationwide programme of services for children up to the age of five and their families. The centre provides information, advice and support to parents as well as integrated childcare and early learning, health services and parental outreach.

Alison Rescorla, Briary Children’s Centre Delivery Manager, said: “We are very thankful to Bellway for donating £500 to the local community. We plan to purchase some new sensory resources for our service users.

“These toys will help support children’s brain development, enhance memory, and help them with complex tasks and problem solving. It also encourages children to learn through exploration, curiosity and creativity. Our local families will be delighted with the new resources that Bellway has funded.”

The donation continues Bellway Kent’s active participation in the local community to help improve facilities and services for children and families in Herne Bay.

The housebuilder also has an ongoing relationship with neighbouring Briary Primary School, organising an Easter drawing competition for pupils last year and donating Easter eggs for all 300 pupils as well as competition prizes.

The developer has also helped the school transform an overgrown garden, which had become unsafe after being unattended during lockdown, into an open-air learning space complete with wooden seats. The new area allows the children to plant trees, flowers and vegetables while learning about the environment and being close to nature.

Mark Harrop, Sales Director at Bellway Kent, said: “Children’s centres play an important role in supporting parents and helping to nurture young children in those vital early years when helping them to develop is crucial. We are very happy to hear that our donation will enable the staff to buy some new sensory toys to help engage, entertain and challenge the children who use the service.

“At Oxenden Park we are building hundreds of new homes with many ideal for young families who will be just starting out on their journey as parents. We see ourselves as part of the local community and as such we are keen to support both the local school and the neighbouring children’s centre which supports parents when they need it most.”

Bellway is building 450 new homes at Oxenden Park, including 315 homes for private sale and 135 affordable homes available for local people through shared ownership or low-cost rent.

To find out more, call the sales team on 01227 647968 or visit https://www.bellway.co.uk/new-homes/kent/oxenden-park.

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