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Coventry Road Club pedal hard to raise money for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice

220 riders took part in the charity cycle ride on Sunday 19th February 2017 to raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, based in Ash Green.

Starting at Deeley Group’s head office, two routes were available to the cyclists, a 30 mile or more challenging 59 mile route.

A fantastic £2,300 was raised which is a record for Coventry Road Club and their charity cycle rides.

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice needs to raise £1.3 million every year to care for babies and infants with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Coventry and Warwickshire and relies heavily on fundraising events to support them.

Deeley Group’s Edward Hudson and Adam Dent from the group’s PR Agency, Advent Communications, both took part in the charity cycle ride.

Edward Hudson, Business Development Coordinator, at Deeley Group said “After hearing the cycle club lost their previous event venue, we were of course happy to step in to help. Our facilities were the ideal location for the rides to start, being so close to the Countryside and large enough to cater for the volume of people taking part.”

“We are delighted that Coventry Road Club and Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice raised this amount and that all of their hard work paid off.”

The date for Deeley Group’s own charity cycle ride, the ‘Deeley 80’ and ‘Family 20’ has already been set for Sunday 17th September 2017.

Leamington schoolchildren build knowledge of construction

Schoolchildren from a Leamington primary school donned hard hats and high-vis jackets to find out more about the construction industry.

Three and four-year-olds from the nursery class at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School joined their parents and teachers for a look at Orbit’s Union Park development in Sydenham.

The 147 new homes are being built by Coventry-based company Deeley Construction on behalf of Orbit.

The youngsters were given an insight into how the new homes are being built, the materials that are used and also the potential hazards of a construction site.

Deeley Construction, which has registered the development with the Considerate Constructors Scheme – an initiative launched to improve the image of the construction industry, used a ‘spot the difference’ game to keep pupils engaged.

Edward Hudson, of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s important that we speak to children from a very early age about the benefits of the construction industry to try to encourage them to join this diverse and exciting industry.

“The children from St Anthony’s really seemed to enjoy themselves – and so did their parents and teachers too!”

Head teacher Mrs McSharry said: “St Anthony’s Nursery children have fantastic learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, planned for by our experienced nursery teacher.

“A walk to the building site was the perfect way of extending the children’s learning about ‘The Three Little Pigs’, as part of their fairy-tale topic.

“We currently have a few places available for three and four-year-olds and are taking applications now for September 2017.”

Union Park is due for completion in early 2018. To find your new home with Orbit, please visit www.orbithomes.org.uk

Pictured: Edward Hudson (front, with sign) with parents, teachers and children from the nursery class at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

 

Deeley hits high in Stratford

Deeley Construction has hit a high point on a scheme in Stratford-upon-Avon that is being created on behalf of Orbit.

Fordham House is a new development of 82 private rent apartments on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, with initial preference to key workers in the town.

The development is a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects. Deeley Construction is the design and build contractor.

A topping out ceremony was held at the development, which is on the site of a vacant office building that was demolished to allow work to proceed, to mark the highest point in the build being reached.

Justin Williams, of Stratford Town Trust, and Adam Cooper, of Orbit, joined Peter Deeley and site manager Richard Pepper on the roof of the scheme before other visitors. Other guests were shown around the one and two-bed apartments which are undergoing the ‘first fix’ of electrical and mechanical services.

Peter Deeley said: “We are delighted with the way work is progressing and the topping out ceremony marks an important milestone in the build.

“Richard and the team are doing a great job, and Justin and Adam were both pleased with the way the development is coming along.”

Nearly 250,000 bricks and blocks have been used to complete the scheme. Local school pupil Isabella, aged six, guessed the correct amount in a competition prior to Christmas winning an iPad for her and family.

Pictured (left to right): Peter Deeley, Adam Cooper, Justin Williams, Richard Pepper

Deeley Construction helps to build Irish legacy

Coventry Irish Society has received a £60,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an Oral History Project documenting the contribution of the Irish community to the city of Coventry.

The project, which will run for 18 months, focuses on Irish migrants that arrived in the city after the Second World War, during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the highlights will be a high-profile exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in March 2018 and will include filmed interviews, photographs and written materials.

Thanks to National Lottery players, this important project will allow present and future generations to learn about the Irish community’s contribution to Coventry and to celebrate that as part of the city’s diverse communities.

Project materials will be distributed to schools and universities for educational purposes and there will be archived materials at the Herbert Art Gallery, creating a lasting legacy for this lesser known aspect of Coventry’s heritage.

A website will enable the whole community to explore the memories and legacy of the Irish community. It is also a prominent piece of work in the context of the city bidding to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

The Society is also delighted to have received partnership funding for the project from Cork City Council, Deeley Construction and the Arts Council.

Coventry Irish Society manager Simon McCarthy said: “We are delighted to have received this National Lottery funding. The Irish community is proud of its heritage and legacy within the city and we see this project as a celebration of the magnificent contribution the Irish have made to the cultural, social and political life of Coventry.”

Pedal for charity

Organisers of a charity bike ride are hoping hundreds of people will turn their pedals and raise thousands of pounds for a Coventry Baby Hospice.

Cyclists taking on the 59 mile or 30 miles bike ride challenge will help raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, based in Ash Green.

The Deeley Group/Coventry Road Club joint initiative is being held on Sunday 19th February. The cyclists taking on the 59 mile undulating, circular route will depart from the Deeley Group Head Quarters in Herald Avenue, Coventry at 9.30 am with those taking on the shorter route departing at 10 am.

Ian Court, Press Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said: “Coventry Road Club encourages people to take up the sport of cycling. This event has now become an annual challenge in support of local charities.

“We target novice and experienced cyclists to take on the challenge of either a 59 or 28 mile route through beautiful Warwickshire Countryside. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for good causes and we urge people to turn up and raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.”

Registration starts at 9.00am, the entry fee for both routes is just £10 and participants will be rewarded for their efforts with free coffee and cake when they finish.

Edward Hudson, Business Development Coordinator, at Deeley Group said “After hearing the cycle club lost their previous event venue, we were delighted to step in to help. Our facilities are ideal a perfect location for the rides to start, being so close to the Countryside and large enough to cater for the volume of people taking part.

“But most importantly we wanted to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice because we have been long standing supporters of this wonderful charity.”

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice needs to raise £1.3m every year to care for babies and infants with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Coventry and Warwickshire and relies heavily on fundraising events to support them.

Event Challenge Officer at the hospice, Vicky Whitlock said: “It is wonderful that people will be taking on a challenge that will improve their health and at the same time help raise much needed funds for the hospice. Events like this are our lifeline and they really do help us meet our charitable, so we are delighted and thankful to be the beneficiaries.

“We can also provide sponsor forms for those that want them. Just £25 will provide one hour of high quality nursing care for a baby so we hope people will encourage sponsorship.”

The organisers are hoping that participants will complete a registration form and bring it along on the to help ease queues and this can be found at www.coventryroadclub.org.uk/downloads/CRCDeeley2017entryform2.pdf

 

Elaine a worthy winner of the Gary Neville Award

An annual award which honours the legacy of a respected figure in the property industry has been awarded for the fifth time.

The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 by Deeley Group and is awarded to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.

Elaine Arlow, an accounts supervisor at the Coventry-based firm was announced as the 2016 recipient of the award and was presented the award by Gary’s wife, Julie.

Elaine said: “I was so surprised to win the award. It’s such a nice thing to know that your fellow colleagues voted for you, I was just completely and utterly shocked when they read out my name.

“The award is the centrepiece of my brand new mantelpiece and it was fantastic to see all those lovely comments from everyone.

“In the accounts office, Ian, Amanda and I sometimes feel like people think we are just pestering them so it’s nice to know that people recognise what you do.

“Gary was a lovely person, everyone loved and respected him and it’s nice to know that people were thinking of him at this time of year.”

The award is voted for by employees and is a fitting tribute to Gary who passed away in 2011 – having joined Deeley as an apprentice before progressing to become a contract manager.

Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Elaine has received wonderful praise from her colleagues for bringing a positive atmosphere to the office with her polite and cheerful attitude to work.

“Her co-workers have highlighted that Elaine will always go that extra mile for them and does not understand the word ‘no’ when faced with a difficult task.

“Gary was a well-known and popular member of the Deeley family, a fantastic member of the team, and I’m sure that he would have agreed that Elaine was fully deserving of this year’s award in his remembrance.”

PICTURE CAPTION: left to right – Amanda Deavy, Peter Deeley, Elaine Arlow, Julie Neville, Ian Clorley

80th anniversary brings more charity cheer

A bike ride to commemorate the Deeley Group’s 80th anniversary has set the wheels in motion for a big boost for a regional grant-giving charity.

The company organised an 80-mile cycle around Coventry and Warwickshire to raise money for the Heart of England Community Foundation and to celebrate the company’s 80th year since it was founded.

The money, donated by the teams involved, raised an initial £2,500 but after seeing the publicity about the event, Holland & Barrett’s charity group Healthy Hope turned the donation up a gear by adding a further £2,500 to the total.

It means the Heart of England Community Foundation – which gives grants to local community groups and charities that make a positive difference in their areas – can now help more people.

It means the Heart of England Community Foundation – which gives grants to local community groups and charities that make a positive difference in their areas – can now help more people.

Nicky Main, a senior buyer at Holland & Barrett and chair of Healthy Hope – which helps to boost the fundraising efforts of Holland & Barrett’s employees and suppliers, said: “We are delighted to give the money to such a fantastic cause through the brilliant fundraising efforts of the Deeley Group.

“With a total of £5,000 going to the Heart of England Community Foundation we hope the money will enable communities to have a fantastic start to 2017.”

Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “This is a wonderful gesture from Healthy Hope and we will ensure it goes to a great cause in the local area that will make a real difference.

“We were thrilled with the initial support from the Deeley Group and its partners on the back of the 80-mile ride and this has just added the icing to the cake.”

Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group – which is building a new extension at the Holland & Barrett headquarters in Nuneaton, said: “We have a great relationship with Holland & Barrett through many years of working with the company.

“It came as a real surprise when they got in touch to say they wanted to add to the total – but to more than double it is simply fantastic news.

“Tina and the great team at the Heart of England Community Foundation really do tremendous work in helping a range of groups and charities in our area who are a great asset to their local communities.

“I believe very much in what the foundation does for Coventry and Warwickshire and I am delighted that our 80th anniversary has provided a financial boost for them.”

Pictured (left to right): Nicky Main, Sue Heyes (Heart of England Community Foundation), Peter Deeley

Deeley & friends’ special Christmas gift

Older people living at Loxley Court, an Orbit sheltered housing scheme in Coventry, will get an even sweeter taste of Christmas after local firms carried out a DIY SOS project on its kitchen.

Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group in Coventry, leapt to the rescue when they heard that Loxley Court’s kitchen was in need of an urgent upgrade and called in the support of other contractors in the area.

Previously, the scheme did not have facilities to prepare hot food for events in the communal area, so it was prepared off-site due to the lack of kitchen facilities.

Now, thanks to the generosity and time devoted by Deeley and their contacts, customers at Loxley Court will enjoy a home-cooked meal on Christmas Day – and every day from now on.

“We are very happy with the work that has been done to the kitchen. We are extremely grateful to Deeley for their very generous gift. It is most appreciated. Thanks!” said Greta Newman, an Orbit customer who lives at Loxley Court.

Around £10,000 worth of time and materials were donated by Deeley Construction, Daly Engineering, Eagledale, Claddagh Electrical, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components and Agutter.

The work was carried out on behalf of Orbit– which owns the scheme – as part of the Deeley Group’s 80th anniversary celebrations.

Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “As part of anniversary, we have been looking at a range of ways that we could help the local community.

“We were chatting to Orbit – for whom we have worked for many years – and they told us about the predicament with the kitchen and that they needed to upgrade the facilities in order to allow customers to prepare their own home-cooked food in the communal area.

“We were keen to ensure that it was up and running in time for Christmas and called on some help from companies we work with on a regular basis. It was a great team effort – everyone was very generous with their time because they could see what a wonderful benefit the work was going to bring.

“A big thank you goes out to Daly Engineering, Claddagh Electrical, Eagledale, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components and Agutter and I am so thrilled that all of the customers will now enjoy a home-cooked meal this Christmas.”

Lesley Airey, Sheltered Support Provision Manager at Orbit, said: “We are thrilled that Deeley Construction and their partners have upgraded the kitchen at Loxley Court. Customers living there will now be able to make and enjoy meals in the shared area of the scheme. Not only does this give customers a greater sense of community, it allows them to share costs by preparing home-cooked meals together.

“The local community will benefit too as the communal space, including the kitchen, will be available to hire for social events. A lot of work has gone into improving Loxley Court recently and we’re grateful to everyone that has pitched in to help. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Loxley Court is a sheltered housing scheme in Wood End, Coventry. It comprises 40 self-contained flats for older customers who wish to live independently. It has a shared library, communal lounge, shared laundry facilities and now fully functional and beautiful kitchen!

 

Pictured (left to right): Jimmy Concannon (Claddagh Electrical), Lesley Airey (Loxley Court), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Greta Newman (Orbit customer).