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Rayleigh garden revamp thanks to Maureen’s Gift

21 July 2015
The group with the water feature at The Lavers.

Rayleigh residents are set to enjoy a relaxing summer in their revamped garden after a £220 donation from Rochford Housing Association’s Maureen’s Gift fund paid for an eye-catching water feature and to renovate garden seating.

Garden furniture at The Lavers

Both features have been installed at The Lavers retirement living scheme, owned by Rochford Housing, by year 8 pupils from Fitzwimarc School and social action charity Catch 22.

Project success

Students received certificates from Rochford Housing commending their gardening achievements and the project has been marked through a commemorative plaque fixed to the garden seating, leaving a lasting memento of its success.

David Box, head of year 8 at Fitzwimarc School, said: “This project has been invaluable in helping the students’ organisation, responsibility and teamwork skills, as well as building up practical know-how. It is fantastic to see the difference they have made in the local community.”

Resident at The Lavers, Hildah Huxley, commented: “I really enjoyed having the young people here and would like to see more things like this at The Lavers.”

Rochford Housing Association managing director, Emma Keegan, added: “The young people have really helped to improve the outdoor area of The Lavers so the residents will be able to appreciate it this summer.

“This resident-led project helped to build relationships between the older and younger generations of Rayleigh. Here’s hoping for some nice weather so the residents are able to enjoy the garden!”

Maureen’s Gift funding supports charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of donations to help deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion and former chairperson of the Rochford Housing Association board, Maureen Vince.

To apply or find out more, contact the Rochford Housing office, quoting Maureen’s Gift on either 0300 1233511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email contactus@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.