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SARH shows it CARES with charity grants



Ref:PRSH261.                                                                                                                    Date: 19 March 2019

SARH shows it CARES with charity grants

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Two Stafford-based charities have received a welcome boost from the area's leading provider of affordable housing, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).

Kind-hearted employees stage regular fundraising events for groups making a real difference in the community, prompting the housing association to set up its own charitable foundation to distribute the money they raise.

Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band and Stafford and District Stroke Club are amongst the first to benefit from the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation, named after theorganisation's core values;Communication, Approachable, Respectful, Empowering, and Supportive.

On Tuesday (March 5) SARH Chief Executive Karen Armitage presented a cheque for £500 to the Stroke Club, money that will be used
to support weekly social and therapeutic activities for local people recovering from strokes and their families.

Geoff Brookes, the club's chairman commented: We're totally reliant on generous grants and donations and I'd like to thank SARH for its support.

"As well as helping towards the costs of running our minibus, regular visits by a specialist physiotherapist and our annual trip to Llandudno, we'll also be able to put
some of the money aside to help fund our 40thbirthday celebrations in June.

With plans to set-up a new dance and colour troupe,Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band are set to receive a grant of £450.

Karen Armitage explained: "Both organisations are doing fantastic work in the communities we serve and we're delighting to be able to support them through the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation.

"Young and old alike will benefit from the money raised by SARH employees who've taken part in a wide range of fun fundraising activities over the past 12 months.

"They really do jump at any opportunity to put something back into the community and help fulfil our mission to make Stafford and surrounding areas even better places to live, work and grow."

Peter Johnson, Band Master of the Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band said "We have been providing opportunities in the marching arts for over 30 years and currently work with over 50 young people each week.

"We are only able to continue each week due to our fantastic team of volunteers and receiving this wonderful donation will enable us to expand even further what we can offer to the young people of Stafford."



SARH Chief Executive Karen Armitage (back row, centre) and the housing association's Development Officer Lindsay Truman (front row, let) hand over a cheque for £500 from the SARH C.A.R.E.S. Foundation to members of Stafford and District Stroke Club.

Jo Hough (back row, second left) SARH Director of Organisational Development and the housing association's Development Officer Lindsay Truman (back row, second right) join members of Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band when handing over a cheque for £450 from the SARH C.A.R.E.S. Foundation.



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About Stafford and Rural Homes

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is the largest social landlord in Stafford with around 6,000 homes across Stafford, Stone and the rural villages across the Borough. Established in 2006 to own and manage the former Stafford Borough Council housing stock, SARHset up a trading subsidiary company Housing Worx, to deliver planned maintenance works to its properties and fulfil commercial contracts in 2012. SARHalso offers 18 Independent Living schemes for people aged over 55 andan award winning Telecare home safety and personal security system for the elderly and vulnerable.SARH has invested more than £100 million on improvement and regeneration programmes and building over 500 high quality new homes for rent and shared ownership which have benefited SARH customers by improving neighbourhoods and creating job opportunities for local people. A Community Benefit Society (CBS), the housing association works in partnership with local authorities, health trusts, statutory bodies and a range of voluntary organisations to create safe, sustainable communities where residents can ‘Live, Work and Grow'.

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