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Christmas Bonus for Milton Keynes Villages

12th December, 2011

A group of resident fundraisers have given a Christmas present of over £15,000 to ExtraCare's two Milton Keynes retirement villages.

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The ExtraHope fundraising group, formed of residents living at Lovat Fields Village in Willen and future residents of Shenley Wood Village, due to open in 2012, presented a cheque to ExtraCare's Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, this week.

He said that the donation was tremendously appreciated. "Thanks to the ExtraHope group for this huge amount of money. It shows that if you all aim high together, the results will surprise us all!"

The group was founded to raise money for Shenley Wood's Village centre, the heart of the Village where people can meet and socialise with their friends and neighbours, as well as access a range of facilities including a Well-being Advisor, fitness suite and gym, greenhouse, IT suite and library.

Shenley Wood Village Manager, Martyn Dawes, said he is thrilled by the friendships that have developed between residents of the two Milton Keynes Villages. "It's all so heartening to see the community of Shenley Wood Village coming together."

In addition to presenting a cheque for £14,522 for Shenley Wood Village, ExtraHope gave £1,000 to Lovat Fields Village in recognition of the unselfish work staff and residents at ExtraCare's first Milton Keynes Village have done for their new neighbours. This was received by Village Manager Steve Neal.

ExtraHope's Brian Hobbs is due to move in to Shenley Wood Village in February. He said: "We have been led and encouraged by ExtraCare all the way. It's been an amazing time of building the new community spirit by involving ourselves - what a great start!

"Thank you to ExtraCare for our new lease of life and the opportunity to make new friends. It's all so very exciting! Have a great Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year."

Pictures, clockwise from top:

ExtraCare's Chief Executive Nick Abbey with ExtraHope's Brian Hobbs, future Shenley Wood Village resident.

The members of ExtraHope and ExtraCare staff.

Shenley Wood Village, due to be open to its first residents in Spring 2012.

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Henson, PR officer
0789 105 3062
lucy.henson@extracare.org.uk