Before leaving David Wilson Homes for pastures new, director Gareth Neale swapped his desk for a high vis jacket and a hard hat in order to raise money for a worthy cause.
David Wilson Homes runs an annual auction to raise money for their chosen charity of the year, and for the second year running Gareth offered his services for the day. Bidders were keen to see the then-director getting his hands dirty and pulled out all the stops to raise money for the housebuilder’s chosen charity, Off The Record (OTR).
On site with Glyn Jenkins
Staff from local brick laying firm Glyn Jenkins shelled out an incredible £3,000 to see him pick up a trowel and get involved with the construction team onsite at Mill Brook in Westbury, only a short time before he left David Wilson Homes at the end of December 2019.
Managing director Glyn Jenkins said: “It made a great change to have Gareth on site with us for the day, he makes a great cup of tea and it was useful to have an extra pair of hands in the team too! When we heard about the auction we jumped at the chance to raise some money for a charity that provides great support for young people. We’re looking forward to next year’s auction already!”
Gareth said: “I started my career working on construction sites and thanks to the auction I’ve ended my time with David Wilson Homes on site too! No matter what role I’ve done I’ve always been getting out with people working on the development. Glyn and his team made sure they got their money’s worth from me and had me doing everything from laying bricks to mixing mortar, but I genuinely enjoyed every minute. I’m shocked at how much was paid for my services but it’s great to know that I’ve been able to help make sure young people locally will benefit from these fantastic services. Glyn Jenkins does great work with young people themselves, as they are avid believers of developing youngsters who want to get into the industry, in and around the Westbury area.”
Fundraising for Off The Record (OTR)
Auctioning off Gareth’s bricklaying skills formed part of a huge fundraiser by David Wilson Homes which raised a whopping £37,000 for Bristol and Gloucestershire-based charity, OTR.
Charity chief executive Karen Black said: “We were absolutely blown away by the money raised by the David Wilson Homes auction, and we’re so grateful to companies like Glyn Jenkins Ltd and the donations they make. These funds will ensure we can continue our vital services to support young people and enable them to build their own networks too.”
OTR is a mental health charity run by and for young people living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It provides a free, confidential service that supports people aged 11-25, as well as being a social movement that promotes and defends the mental health, rights and social position of young people.
Set in the market town of Westbury, Mill Brook is a development of three and four bedroom homes, surrounded by the beautiful Salisbury Plain. The town centre has lots of pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance, as well as good local schools and commuter links.